Here’s why the MOOCs don’t work… (and maybe how they can be made to work)

I spent some time over the holidays looking at some MOOC offerings – either the freebie intro lectures available from some of the major providers, or the clips available on YouTube. I also had a look at some course content, syllabi and related materials. This trawl is, of course, not representative or even properly systematic… Read More

Sometimes, very smart people say (kinda, sorta) uninformed things: Last comments on teaching and MOOCs (for a while)

From the Fast Company profile of Sebastian Thrun: It’s hard to imagine a story that more thoroughly flatters the current sensibilities of Silicon Valley than the one into which Thrun stumbled. Not only is reinventing the university a worthy goal–tuition prices at both public and private colleges have soared in recent years, and the debt burden… Read More

The MOOCs don’t work … part xyz

The FT continues the sceptical realism with a super piece on MOOCs (reg req). All sorts of interesting material here – costs and motivation may be the key issue for US college students. MOOCs promise to address part of the equation, but the problems run much deeper than a broadband connection and a video of somebody delivering the… Read More

More contra MOOCs – that pfffft sound is the bubble deflating

I wrote here before sceptically about MOOCs, essentially saying ‘don’t believe the hype’, and that lots of people are going to lose their shirts betting large on web delivery as the new university. The few I’ve looked at end up feeling a little an online version of the Open University courses that used to be broadcast late at… Read More

Many contrarian thoughts and bullet-points about MOOCs

I present some general and largely negative points against MOOCs (wiki: ‘A massive open online course (MOOC) is an online course aimed at large-scale interactive participation and open access via the web‘) below.  Well, against the MOOC hype anyway. As a contra to what I say below: this Clay Shirky piece is fantastic on the hope for MOOCs; this piece by Shirkey gives a particular… Read More