Survey finds presidents are skeptical on MOOCs

May 29, 2013 at 1:28 am 3 comments

Interesting results!  My President is gung-ho on MOOCs (e.g., sending email out saying that half of the University System of Georgia schools will cease to exist in their current form over the next five years), as is my Provost and my Dean (who sends articles about MOOCs to the faculty weekly).  Maybe that’s not so common?

“Based on these findings, it’s clear that the U.Va. situation is just a canary in the coal mine,” said Brandon H. Busteed, executive director of Gallup Education. “College presidents, writ large, are extremely skeptical about the value of MOOCs as it relates to reducing cost, improving quality, and even expanding reach. And with governing boards that have strong business backgrounds and have been reading all of Clay Christensen’s writing about how online education and MOOCs will change the world, there’s bound to be big clashes ahead at most — not just some — institutions.”

via Survey finds presidents are skeptical on MOOCs | Inside Higher Ed.

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  • 1. mgozaydinMuvaffak GOZAYDIN  |  May 29, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Very openly I say

    MOOCs are not ripe enough yet. They are not good enough to satisfy many . That time will come .
    1.- Good digital universities will be set up by elite schoools:
    2.- There will be high quality education in these schools
    3.- Fees will be very low such as $ 10 per course
    4.- Good brick and mortar research universities will stay strong and will help and develop these digital universities
    5.- Every body who want to go to HE will.
    Sure there will be lots of drop outs too .
    6.- USA will prospare, no joblessness but many jobless teachers
    + many schools lands and buildings for sale .
    7.- State budgets will be just fine as Federal Budget too .
    8.- Pentagon will have enough STEM people well educated .
    9.- Gross National products per person in many countries will double .
    I am just too optumistic.

  • 2. shriramkrishnamurthi  |  June 5, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Our new president (who started last year) hasn’t said much of anything, but:

    – Brown is offering only four courses on Coursera
    – in her inaugural she said things that, parsing carefully, seemed to suggest she was going to defend the traditional university

    In itself that doesn’t mean anything, of course: one can defend all sorts of wrong-headed and losing propositions. And, Brown’s mission is rather different from that of a public university. Still, there are _some_ circumspect presidents out there…

  • 3. mgozaydin  |  June 5, 2013 at 4:44 am

    Sure, classical HE people are afraid of MOOCs .
    They are afraid of losing their jobs..
    They do not care if millions are jobless due to non college education .
    Everybody is just selfish .

    Problems of the world are solved by logic and logical projects.

    Here is the opportunity to solve HE in the world by logical projects.
    We do not need state schools anymore . Just low cost digital universities set up by elite and reputable universities are enough for the whole world .
    Low cost
    High quality for every one
    Sure it will take time and effort
    See my comments above .


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