Published Date: July 6, 2012
Source: Chronicle for Higher Education
Title: Chronicle: What’s the Matter With MOOCs?
"For the more pedestrian MOOCs, the simple podium lecture captured and released, the difference between a real college course and a MOOC is like the difference between playing golf and watching golf. Both can be exciting and enjoyable. Both can be boring and frustrating. But they are not the same thing."
“We have been working on synthesizing digital media and technology into the classroom and research for two decades and understand how complex it is, and how you can’t just throw a student into a digital environment,” Cohen wrote to me in an e-mail. “We’re trying to do much more than reproducing lectures and quizzes online; we are trying to use the medium to enable new kinds of interpretation and scholarly interaction. So MOOCs seem like a huge step backward.” - Dan Cohen, Director of the Center for History & New Media at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA." -- from the Source
While the author in his July 17th article for the Chronicle of Higher Education states he favors MOOCs, Dan Cohen's comments outline some of the flaws of these in his comments. The one included above reminds me of the early days of the Web and even now when people spoke about "shovel ware" or just taking content verbatim and pasting to web pages. I believe that potential exists for distance learning lessons as well.