MOOCs: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

April 18, 2014 at 1:38 am 1 comment

My colleague, Amy Bruckman, considers in her blog how HCI design principles lead us to question whether MOOCs can achieve their goals.

Can a MOOC teach course content to anyone, anywhere? It’s an imagination-grabbing idea. Maybe everyone could learn about topics from the greatest teachers in the world! Create the class once, and millions could learn from it!

It seems like an exciting idea. Until you realize that the entire history of human-computer interaction is about showing us that one size doesn’t fit all.

via MOOCs: One Size Doesn’t Fit All | The Next Bison: Social Computing and Culture.

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  • 1. shriramkrishnamurthi  |  April 18, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Because Joe Politz and I ran our MOOC entirely on our own (not through Coursera, etc.), we felt the pain directly. People wanted different formats, transcodings, media, etc., etc. And I’m pretty sure most of the ones who asked never actually stuck around long enough to make it worth having done even for an audience of one. (Put differently, nobody ever said at the end, “Hey, thanks for accommodating.”) Next time, we won’t be compromising on anything (with the exception of things we can do for the physically disabled): this is what we offer, and if it doesn’t work for you, I’m really very sorry to hear that.


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