A leading online course provider announced Wednesday that it will offer free professional training and development courses to prepare teachers worldwide for Web-based classes.
Coursera, a for-profit clearinghouse for online and videotaped courses developed and taught by professors at well-established colleges, created a “teacher professional development” category, offering K-12 teachers and parents the courses in subjects such as content development, the common core curriculum and blended learning strategies.
Anyone will have access to these courses through the Coursera website, said the organization’s co-founder, Daphne Koller.
“It would look like any other Coursera class, but instead of physics and business, we’ll have courses in education.”
Offering the courses online and for free could be a boon to both school districts and their educators, supporters say.