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

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