Welcome to Cambridge GCSE
This MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) has been created by the Cambridge-based partnership of exam board OCR, Cambridge University Press (CUP) and the Raspberry Pi Foundation. The course is based on OCR’s GCSE Computing curriculum and gives participants an excellent opportunity to investigate how computers work, how they are used, and to develop computer programming and problem-solving skills. The course has been designed for 14-16 year olds; but is free and open to all, and can be used either as a course or a resource to support teachers.
The course is running now; it has no start or end date.
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CogBooks Adaptive Learning now live
The CogBooks adaptive learning version of the Cambridge GCSE Computing is now open for business.
Exactly a year after we went live with the first version of the course - the first MOOC aimed at Level 2 qualifications - we're delivering another first: an adaptive learning version of the course.
With new materials and the implementation of more than 700 new formative assessment questions, we've shaped the course to the demands of the fully adaptive platform provided by our CogBooks partner.
Registered users are now able to access the course in the adaptive learning environment as well as continuing to use the original materials and structure. Simply log in and click on the CogBooks tab in the top navigation.
What version of the course should I study?
The latest version of the course is in the fully adaptive CogBooks environment, under the CogBooks navigation tab. We recommend all learners use this platform for the most up-to-date materials. The course will respond to your successes and adapt to your learning. Your learning will be tracked and the course includes sophisticated data analysis to show your progress in all the different areas covered by the course.
People who are studying on the current courses can continue: the videos are the same, but the supporting material has been considerably enhanced in the CogBooks version, so you may want to swap over.
We will keep both versions running, and you can study with both. However, we intend to switch off the student tracking in the current courses in January 2015, depending on usage and people’s wishes. Our intention is to leave the materials there as classroom resources, including the classroom worksheets and teachers’ notes. These will not be available within the CogBooks environment, because the structure is not suitable for group teaching.
Institution sign-up and class management
Institution sign-up and class registrations will shortly be available with the CogBooks courses only. Teachers will be able to create classes, invite students to them, and view their students’ learning data.
Send us your feedback!
We would love to get feedback from you about the resources and the MOOC - what works for you and what we need to work on.