, 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 State of Minnesota has informed Coursera
that it cannot offer courses to Minnesota residents because it has not obtained permission to do so from the state. The Chronicle of Higher Education's Wired Campus blog reports on the story here
. The State was acting pursuant to the "Minnesota Private and Out-of-State Public Postsecondary Education Act,"
which requires schools to register with the state if they offer courses in Minnesota and requires approval if degrees are granted or the words "college" or "university" are used in the name of a school. The law was enacted in 1975 and appears to have been intended to be a consumer protection law. Noted First Amendment scholar Eugene Volokh has opined at his blog
that the statute is unconstitutional, at least as applied to a web site that offers its courses for free and does not grant degrees.
posted by Area Man
on Oct 19, 2012 -
The Global Language Online Support System
(or GLOSS), produced by the Defense Language Institute in sunny Monterey, CA, offers over six thousand
free lessons in 38 languages from Albanian to Uzbek, with particular emphasis on Chinese, Persian, Russian, Korean, and various types of Arabic. The lessons include both reading and listening components and are refreshingly based on real local materials (news articles, radio segments, etc.) rather than generic templates. [more inside]
posted by theodolite
on Oct 11, 2012 -
The Virtual Training Company Online University
is packed with free, quickly downloaded visual lessons to over 50 major programs. This site covers most major-market releases, though not Dreamweaver 3, I'm afraid. The resolution is pretty good, but if it must be perfect you may pay an extra $25 and get the works.
posted by Awol
on Apr 15, 2000 -