What are massive open online courses (MOOC)? MOOC are online classes that allow for unlimited enrollment and they are coming to a school near you.

What are Massive Open Online CoursesFlorida lawmakers learned more about MOOC’s recently. Miami-Dade, Broward and Pinellas counties are testing the concept and hope to expand it.

MOOCs are virtual classes that allow unlimited enrollment.

Students watch recorded lectures and move through the material at their own pace. They typically have little or no interaction with the instructor.

“It’s about open-source learning and innovative techniques,” said state Rep. Manny Diaz, a Hialeah Republican, noting that MOOCs are best suited for independent and motivated students.

MOOCs are popular in colleges, and are slowly spreading to Florida’s K-12 system.

Earlier this year, Gov. Rick Scott signed a law allowing MOOCs in subject areas with end-of-course exams, including algebra, geometry and biology. The new law requires MOOC providers to use Florida-certified teachers and win approval from the state Department of Education.

Some schools are giving it a shot.

In Miami-Dade, G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School is piloting a MOOC in computer science. The University of Miami’s Global Academy, an online middle and high school, is offering MOOCs to help students prepare for the Advanced Placement calculus exam and the SAT subject test in biology.

High-school students in Pinellas County are enrolled in a remedial math MOOC offered by St. Petersburg College.

Similarly, Broward College is offering a new MOOC focusing on college-level reading, writing, and math. Half of enrollees are high school students from Broward County, state education officials said.

What are Massive Open Online Courses