Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Required reading about MOOCs
Commentator Douglas Kretzman left two excellent links. The MOOC Moment and the End of Reform By Aaron Bady is the best discussion of what MOOCs means for education in particular and society in general I have ever read. It is truly not to be missed.
Then read this tongue in cheek but deadly serious CUCFA President Meister's Open Letter to Coursera Founder Daphne Koller.
The California Master Plan is in tatters. I could go on and on about how the promise is illusory and about the craven cynicism of the people who pretend that it still exists other than on paper. I want to be part of the group who push back against privatization of education.
Thank-you so much for the links DK!
The CopyrightX model of online education is not scalable. It depended on TAs that (as far as I could tell) volunteered their time in order to gain experience and teaching experience for their resumes. It also piggy-backed upon a class happening in real time on campus at HLS and the technological assistance and platform provided by edX.
Mostly, the experience depended on a small group of students capable of surpassing hurdles such as admissions essays. At the end of the class, we posted our LinkedIn profiles and added each other to our networks. It turns out that nearly all of my North American counterparts had already graduated from elite universities for either undergrad or grad school (or both). One cannot responsibly extrapolate the data from this online learning experiment to educating under-served communities.