yet another entry in the what-a-mooc (as opposed to whack-a-mole, not to be confused with whack-a-mooc) lineup. this one is a keeper, packed with links, even-handedly addressing weaknesses and strengths of various models, inherent design problems in xmooc/s, speculating on the future, introducing [eek!] another acronym, MOOLE or Massive Online Learning Experience/s
In case the quotes didn’t clue you in, this post doesn’t argue against massive open online courses (MOOCs) such as the ones offered by Udacity, Coursera, and edX. I think they are very worthy ventures and will serve to progress our system of higher education. I do however agree with some criticisms of these courses, and that there is room for much more progress. I propose an alternative model for such massive open online learning experiences, or MOOLEs, that focuses on solving “problems,” but first, here’s a sampling of some of the criticisms of MOOCs.
Criticisms of MOOCs
- Khan Academy
- The organization is unclear and it lacks sufficient learner support.
- The videos aren’t informed by research and theory on how people learn, and this may diminish the effectiveness of his videos. He could make the physics videos more effective for example if he directly addressed student…
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