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Remarks on MOOCs at Sloan
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Interesting article in The Chronicle about Jack Wilson's comments on MOOCs: http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/at-conference-leaders-of-traditional-online-learning-meet-upstart-free-providers/40426
Here's a an excerpt:
"'The hyper-prestigious universities' are not driving the change, said Jack M. Wilson, president emeritus of the University of Massachusetts, who founded UMass Online some 10 years ago, in remarks during a kickoff panel at the Sloan Consortiumâ€™s International Conference on Online Learning. He said that institutions like his and others represented at the conference, which is in its 18th year, have been slowly improving the quality, credibility, and enrollment of online courses for decades."
He may be right, but I think the key word here is "slowly" (read: VERY slowly). From my (admittedly limited) point of view, I feel that innovation in online course design and delivery has been merely crawling along for the past 15 years. We're still stuck with clunky LMSs and closed systems while the open Web zips by.
But now we have Udacity taking an interesting approach to chunking video material, EdX experimenting with a very interesting LMS platform design, this EdStartup class that's using distributed user syndication (http://101.edstartup.net/) and other unique online learning experience like LawMeets/ApprenNet (http://www.lawmeets.com/courses/m_and_a_20121023/)
I think that while this whole "massive open course" thing may not be the silver bullet, it is at least showing us what's possible where we would otherwise be stuck in our little Blackboard bubbles.
What do others think about Jack Wilson's remarks?
// Jason Blanchard