MOOC: Massive Open Online Course

September 1, 2010 at 12:05 pm 3 comments

I learned a new term today.  I found the Chronicle article about MOOC’s disappointing.  They talk about how much students like it, and about how energized the faculty were about doing it, and how the challenge was getting these huge number of students to “behave.”  But did anybody learn?

Still, the concept is spreading. The classes have even spawned a new name: Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC. In February, Wendy K. Drexler, a postdoctoral associate at the University of Florida who studied with Mr. Siemens and Mr. Downes, will help lead a new would-be MOOC about technology and learning. Ms. Drexler calls their course, which she took for credit as a high-school teacher, one of the most valuable learning experiences of her life.

She found herself interacting mostly with participants who weren’t taking the course for credit. Corporate instructional designers, other classroom teachers, consultants: The chance to engage with so many different people on a focused topic, she says, was “mind-boggling.”

via ‘Open Teaching’: When the World Is Welcome in the Online Classroom – Technology – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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  • 1. weilunion  |  September 1, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Yes, this all seems to be a move to virtual learning that is clamoring around the planet. Of course, it is fueled by new technology and promoted by Bill Gates and those investors looking to reduce learning to onlnine virtual reality. K12, Inc. is one leader in cyber schools, charter here in the US.

    But look at Intel and Cisco has to what they have planned with Gates and the media-learning corporations for all of this.

    As to learning, please! This is simply a system of empty tin cans and string. Learning is a dialogical process and the CHronicle of Higher Ed is pushing this for they know that public institutions in the US and all over the world, are dying.

    There is big money to be made in point and click education. As to knowledge acquisition, someone tell me how this system will promote critical thinking? How will this system, be it cyber colleges or charters actually give students the necessary time they need to dialogue, engage in Socratic questioning, develop collaborative critical thinking opportunities?

    This is one beginning in throwing all colleges and inviersities online with adjunct professors, no benefits, poor teaching and learning, teachers as ‘call centers’, and students as customers. It is global privatization

    Danny Weil

  • 2. Robert Cosgrave  |  September 6, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    It seems like the sheer scale and diversity of the MOOC students are a point of value in themselves. I’m reminded to Stalins line “Quantity has a quality all it’s own”

  • 3. Really Learning in MOOCs |  |  September 8, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    […] Learning in MOOCs Posted on September 9, 2010 by openedblogger| Leave a comment Mark Guzdial has a new post questioning whether learning can occur in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). From […]


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