, who, along with Coursera
, has been one of the "big three" MOOC providers is stepping back from its initial vision, to refocus on corporate training
Now that we've had a bit of time to think through the potential
offered by MOOCs, and to assess
how well they live up to them in practice, what conclusions
are people drawing?
Is it possible that MOOCs have value, but just aren't the same sort of animal as a traditional "bricks and mortar" course? Jonathan Freedman, from the University of Michigan, thinks so
, and calls them "usefully Middlebrow
." John Covach of the University of Rochester talks in depth about his own experiences
, and frames MOOC courses as more akin to a public lecture series than a college course.
posted by tyllwin
on Nov 27, 2013 -
The New Yorker takes on the MOOC
: “One of the edX
people said, ‘This is being sponsored by Harvard and M.I.T. They wouldn’t do anything to harm higher education!’ What came to my mind was some cautious financial analysts saying, about some of the financial instruments that were being rolled out in the late nineties or early two-thousands, ‘This is risky stuff, isn’t it?’ And being told, ‘Goldman Sachs is doing it; Lehman Brothers is doing it.’ ” Previously
posted by oinopaponton
on May 13, 2013 -
The Learners Bill of Rights
, a set of “Principles for Learning in the Digital Age,” is the outcome of a twelve-person meeting
held in Palo Alto last week to explore the voice of the educated in online learning discussions:
As we begin to experiment with how novel technologies might change learning and teaching, powerful forces threaten to neuter or constrain technology, propping up outdated educational practices rather than unfolding transformative ones.
posted by migurski
on Jan 28, 2013 -
All too often, during such wrenching transitions, the voice of the learner gets muffled.
For that reason, we feel compelled to articulate the opportunities for students in this brave electronic world, to assert their needs and--we dare say--rights.
We also recognize some broader hopes and aspirations for the best online learning. We include those principles as an integral addendum to the Bill of Rights below.