Journal Article
Democratizing education? Examining access and usage patterns in massive open online courses
Justin Reich
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are often characterized as remedies to educational disparities related to social class. Using data from 68 MOOCs offered by Harvard and MIT between 2012 and 2014, we found that course participants from the United States tended to live in more-affluent and better-educated neighborhoods than the average U.S. resident. Among those who did register for courses,...

Journal Article
Revisiting the Blended Learning Literature: Using a Complex Adaptive Systems Framework
This research has two aims: (1) to bridge a gap in blended learning research--the lack of a systems approach to the understanding of blended learning research and practice, and (2) to promote a more comprehensive understanding of what has been achieved and what needs to be achieved in blended learning research and practice. To achieve these aims, we first assess the strengths and limitations in...

News Article
How can your school participate in the Hour of Code?
The tutorials, mainly designed as a one-hour introduction to computer science, are “designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.” Some lessons are aimed at learners as young as four. And those participating are in good company. Over 180 different countries are expected to participate in the event this week, and tens of millions of students take part. Even better, by...

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What the Heck Is OER?
Frankly, there's no need to purchase consumables year after year if we can now annotate online and find resources for free. For this reason, many of the teachers in my department feel that when it becomes our turn to adopt new curriculum, if we have any say in it, we'd prefer an OER model that would allow us to pick and choose resources as one might compile an iTunes playlist of differentiated...

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A Beginner’s Guide to Bringing Coding Into the Classroom
CSEdWeek and Hour of Code arrive December 7-13th, and this annual event is bigger than ever. Below, you will find a resource guide for CSEdWeek and Hour of Code, in order to help all of you K-12 educators bring coding into the classroom.

Computer Science Goes Beyond Coding
The “teach kids to code” movement has many thinking that computer science is just coding. Often the two are conflated since coding is definitely the most visible component of computer science. It is the magic that turns ideas into products; it provides the motivation to learn computer science. Kids want to learn so they can make cool stuff that is meaningful to them. However computer science goes...