Massive online open courses (MOOCs) are threatening to knock higher education off its traditional autonomous hill with a far more flexible and accessible learning mode than anyone could ever imagine. The stakes are high and outcomes are unknowable during this early era of experimentation. I recently talked with Michael Nanfito, [...]
According to the National Survey of Student Engagement, research has shown that a student’s success is directly related to his participation, or involvement, in the educational experience. This is particularly true in the online courses where face-to-face connections are extremely rare. Understanding the ways in which participation occurs is important for online students, instructors and administrators.
California State University is starting an online program this fall that will let students on any of the system’s 23 campuses enroll in online courses offered by another campus to obtain credits they need to graduate, the Los Angeles Times reports. Officials hope the program will help students who have been shut out of hard-to-get classes find the courses they need and graduate faster.
While I realise massive open online courses are not a panacea, I believe they have much to offer learners and learning professionals alike. More specifically, I recognise the following opportunities to leverage them in the workplace. If you can think of any others, please let me know…
There’s a fascinating, in a car crash kinda way, piece from a college professor insisting that massively open online courses (MOOCs) are the very devil. Essentially, the complaint is that having a cheap and easy way to teach undergraduates will mean that college professors will lose their current comfortable livings. Boo hoo, eh?