Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Pioneering online course supports computing education drive in primary schools

Friday, 23 January 2015

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan announced at the BETT educational technology show on 21st January that alongside companies such as Google and O2, Oxford Brookes will be supporting a project to teach computing in primary schools across England. The project will see schools, universities and businesses support the new computing curriculum which was introduced in September 2014. Along with the announcement, the BBC reported that Oxford Brookes teacher training MOOC (Massive open online course) for primary school teachers will support the projects. The full article can be read on the BBC News website. MOOCs are online courses which allow people from all over the world to simultaneously study at an accredited university or college without fees or selection process. Some of the most popular MOOCs attract over hundreds of thousands of students. Oxford Brookes announced at the beginning of October that the Department of Education had awarded funding to The School of Education’s Centre for Educational Consultancy and Development to develop online computing training resources. The MOOC was delivered as part of a range of teaching materials developed in partnership with the University of Northampton and educational technology firm TurnltOn. James Bird, Senior Lecturer in Education, Primary ICT said:
Computing is a new subject within primary schools, exciting for some and daunting for others. We have responded to the ongoing training needs in schools by developing an online course for teachers, supported by the DfE. This latest MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) has been developed within our School of Education’s Centre for Educational Consultancy and Development and it has provided the ideal opportunity to extend our existing work developing primary computing in the region.Working with both the University of Northampton and TurnItOn has enabled the project to gain a range of perspectives that will allow us to impact on practice in schools.
BETT is the world’s leading technology event that brings together innovation and inspiration to the education sector. More information about the School of Education can be found on the Oxford Brookes website.