Could a cousin of the much-heralded MOOC help disadvantaged high school students take college-level classes?
That’s what BU’s Mark Greenman and colleagues are test-driving in a project that is among the latest to receive development grants from the Digital Learning Initiative, BU’s team overseeing enhancements in online education.
MOOCs (massive open online courses) offer instruction to global audiences (hence the “massive”). Greenman, by contrast, is experimenting with SPOCs (Small Private Online Courses), which, like MOOCs, use video lectures. But they are geared toward smaller classes and use blended, or hybrid, learning, combining online and face-to-face instruction.