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Is Coursera the Beginning of the End for Traditional Higher Education? - Forbes

Is Coursera the Beginning of the End for Traditional Higher Education? - Forbes | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

Published Date: July 17, 2012
Source: Forbes - online
URL:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2012/07/17/is-coursera-the-beginning-of-the-end-for-traditional-higher-education/

Title: Forbes - Is Coursera the Beginning of the End for Traditional Higher Education?

Abstract/Quotes:
"Could high-quality MOOCs eventually do to traditional colleges and universities what Craigslist has done to classified advertising in newspapers and what Wikipedia has done to encyclopedias? In other words, could Coursera and its ilk replace a $250,000 college degree and decimate the world of brick-and-mortar colleges and universities? Coursera doesn’t even have any plans to give degrees yet, or any revenue model. But along with Coursera, there are several other big, prestigious players who have launched successful, high-quality online courses, including edX, a joint venture of Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Udacity, founded by Sebastian Thrun of Stanford. What might all this mean 10 or 20 years from now?
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According to the Times, this fall the University of Washington will offer credit for its Coursera classes in exchange for a fee, and some extra assignments and work with an instructor. That can only spread." -- from the Source

NOTE: This article from Forbes explores the impact of Massive Online Open Courseware (MOOC), some basic information how they work, and some of the providers of MOOCs.

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The corridor of uncertainty: How open is open?

The corridor of uncertainty: How open is open? | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

Published Date: July 13, 2012
Source: "The corridor of uncertainty" - personal blog
URL: http://acreelman.blogspot.fr/2012/07/how-open-is-open.html

Title: (MOOCs) How open is open?

Abstract/Quotes:
"The original model is highly collaborative with students aggregating and creating content, discussing and sharing new ideas in a dynamic but sometimes chaotic environment. The notion of the traditional linear course with predefined objectives becomes more fluid with each student participating on their own terms and with individual objectives.

Most of the headline-making MOOCs like EdX are highly traditional in format; online lectures, lesson plans, tests and reading with some kind of certificate of completion at the end (though never "real" university credits). The gap between these two models is so large that we may need to redefine the MOOC or bring in some new acronyms."

NOTE: This is an interesting article that questions some of the basis of MOOCs with citations (links) to other comments from other authors. A good starting point for more challenging comments about the topic of MOOCs.

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