08 November 2013
Our UK exam board, OCR, is excited to announce that Cambridge GCSE Computing Online, the first ever GCSE level MOOC in computing, has been shortlisted as a finalist for the BETT Awards 2014.
Part of the annual education technology event BETT, the BETT Awards highlight the best and most innovative new products in learning technology. Cambridge GCSE Computing Online is a finalist in the Free digital content/Open educational resources category.
The MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) has been designed to support the teaching and learning of this dynamic area of the school curriculum and was developed by a Cambridge-based partnership of OCR, Cambridge University Press and the Raspberry Pi Foundation.
Working with teachers and computer science experts from schools, universities and the business sector, the vision is to engage a new generation of learners with computing and equip young people with vital computing skills needed for this growing area of the economy.
The MOOC is based on OCR’s GCSE in Computing and focuses on concepts at the heart of the subject – hardware, data representation and programming – essential for any teacher and student new to this area of the curriculum.
Since its launch at the beginning of October, nearly 3,000 people have registered to access the full suite of free learning resources that include videos, interactive activities, worksheets and online tests.
OCR Qualifications Group Manager and computing expert, Phill Bryant, said: "We’re delighted to have been shortlisted for the BETT Awards 2014. BETT is the pinnacle event for the education technology community and to be recognised in this way is a fantastic achievement.
"Cambridge GCSE Computing Online is leading the way in promoting access to computing. Presented and developed by a team of experts, it can be used by people of any age, accessed at any time and can be studied at the learner’s own pace. It’s also a great resource for teachers who want to brush up on their own skills or use it to support their students in the classroom or during revision."
The winners will be announced at the BETT Awards 2014 ceremony in London on 22 January.