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More on Massive Open Online Courses

I presented to the EDUCAUSE NGLC Summer Learning series today on massive open online courses (MOOCs). It was one of the more active presentations I’ve been involved with in a while – the discussions were intense. I should have bailed on my slides (below) and just chatted with attendees. The recording is now available here.


  1. Julie Gallanty wrote:

    More thought and reflection need to be explored on your slide 40 on what MOOC’s actually change. The recognition of the online learning is a key change in the higher education field. In addition, the acceptance of how the course can be taught, meeting the expected outcomes in another format (online, blended or traditional). Thanks for another thought provoking blog.

    Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 7:09 am | Permalink
  2. I have been following the progression of your CCK08 blog posts since late 2011. The instructional format seemed well-suited to the content of the material. Also, it is important content for what I consider functional literacy for online fluency. I don’t think the format is necessarily extensible to a range of other content. But then, you never claimed that it was or should be.

    Unfortunately, the success of that Stanford University machine learning class has spawned (as you so aptly termed it) the Monstrously Open Online Course Critter.

    CCK08 seems quite sensible to me. Students interact with each other and the instructor. They are required to write essays (we call them blog posts now), which must hold up under public scrutiny i.e. be grammatically correct, original, logical. The MOOC are very different from CCK08. MOOC tout class sizes of 100,000 students. CCK08 doesn’t approach even a tenth of that, nor should it, in order to retain value to students.

    MOOC’s are not part of a university curriculum, don’t count toward a degree, are not part of any vocational or professional certification designation. As you said in an earlier post, they are more of a platform, which I think is an accurate assessment. I think it is particularly true in light of EdX and Coursera which are for-profit venture capital funded entities… with a questionable business model i.e. the classes are free!

    I am a quantitative, practical sort of person. I am not fearful of computing, finance nor technology. I have an engineering degree and an M.B.A. in finance from the Wharton School, and I have used both in the “real world”. Do not be intimidated by tech types who espouse (loudly) what may seem to be ill-conceived, non-traditional ideas about education. You are correct about teacher training and certification as an educator. It is vital.
    Many can do, but few can teach.

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Permalink