Massive Online Classes Expand into K-12 | Heartlander Magazine | Learning with MOOCs |

In 2013, ten million students of all ages participated in more than 1,200 massive, open, online courses offered by more than 200 universities. Known as MOOCs, these online classes once took the TED Talk crowd by storm. And now they’re moving into K-12, with Florida at the helm.


“Florida certainly is a harbinger of innovation in education throughout the country,” said Michael Horn, co-founder of the Clayton Christianson Institute. “[The state] is part of a new movement that may become big a few years later… People would be foolish to overlook it.”


“We are trying to figure out how they fit into the K-12 landscape in the long run—not when, but how,” said Florida state Rep. Manny Diaz (R-Hialeah). “MOOCs are not for every student, but this is customized education, without taking up additional time and [resources.]”