Some take it further (the MOOC Racket), claiming that MOOCs are a platform for evangelizing academic rock stars to the detriment of students and teachers, and arguing that educators can't teach tens of thousands of people ...
Good learning is a "social activity"... Connectivity is vital.. There must be social interactions rather than "click through" content-based. material ( Richard Cutta).
This is what MOOCS are about too..How do you reproduce a classroom "social space" on-line.. or do you NEED to?? Isn't on-line a different social experience?? It is for me.. By promoting that experience on-line learning will succeed.
Written and Narrated by Dave Cormier Video by Neal Gillis Researchers: Dave Cormier Alexander McAuley George Siemens Bonnie Stewart Created through funding r...
Well this is amazing.. E-learning "on the run" by people who have skills in a certain area and set up a "MOOC ".. This effectively bypasses the expertise of Academics in the sphere of UNDERSTANDING the process of learning.. Is this on-line rote or cognitive, or behaviourist or what is it!! It must depend on the person running the MOOC.. Do they have any real understanding (or care) about whether or not their students succeed.. This is VERY interesting. I dicovered that arounf 95% of students do not complete a MOOC operated course .. Does this mean this concept which I believe is Transformational is a failure.
UNC-Chapel Hill Professor of Education, Suzanne Gulledge shares her reflections on learning and using Sakai to teach a fully online course.
Now this is INTERESTING!! Professor Gulledge talks about her own COGNITIVE DISSONANCE in her E-learning experience and how she 'pushed through" it. This was my experience (and at time of publishing still is!!!).. She talks about making her students "Critical consumers of information" and that she is a "facilitator"... This is pure cognitive Constructivism ..... Have no idea what Sakai is but will explore it now.
This is a fairly non-insightful definition but covers a "school of the air" situation. What about Social constructivism learning since the "school of the air" students can interact more thourougly with each other ??
Are MOOCs - massive open online courses - the future of education?
This is the nub of it... Are MOOCS REALLY the way of the future.. Third world countries would say yes simply because of the access to their impoverished populations,... Western Countries may disagree for two reasons:
1. Money invested in Universities and learning systems that are profit-driven.
2. The concern that "super Academics" may not give a balanced view and become "rock star" status icons.
My view: Education should be available to all and it should be up to the individual to thrive via personal motivation with any means of transferrance of education. The world would be a better, more tolerant place with more education. Education in this country is often minimised and sometimes despised as 'girly" or a waste of time when you look at the huge salaries taken by mining workers with low education.
This is right up my professional ally. I was a Creative director of an Advertising agency for many years and good design is VITAL to communicationg ANY message. I often see what I term "computer -aided bad design" in posters, newspaper ads even personal cards such as birthday cards etc.
What happens is the graphic artist is presented with so many choices in font, design layouts etc by computer software that they go "beserk" and break all the rules of effective communication and typesetting.
The younger generation think faster and absord info faster than we ever did but we invented the "70's pop poster" which was diabolical in it's fussiness and lack of simplicity. I will design two posters with the same information and place it on my blogger to demonstrate.. and YOU tell me which one you absorbed and retained the information better..
From this it appears MOOCS are like lasers were in the '60's: an answer waiting for someone to find the question!!
Now we see lasers in use everywhere.. MOOCS engage MILLIONS in a collaborative endeavour of learning. This cannot be a bad thing! No matter what the critics say (and they are mostly vested interests in the status quo of university-based learning), On-line engagement and interaction with people motivated to learn can only expand and yield a direction for MOOCS. That direction could be Corporate training (this article denys that), or simply education of people without financial means to attend University courses. This could be the LASER of e-learning once it has been niche-marketed. Imagine that young lady in Pakistan (name escapes me), persecuted by the Taliban for her thirst for education being given access to high-quality academics on-line via a MOOC for free!...That is exciting for the future.
Slate Magazine Who Takes MOOCs? Educated, Employed, First-World Guys.
This post argues that MOOCS are gender-biased and finance-biased to male, employed and educated persons. No explanation for the lower take-up by females compared to face-to-face and on-line University courses but technological hurdles (lack of internet) are blamed for third world non-pickup. Also a basic understanding of University-level writing/techniques is required which a lot of first-time students in poorer nation will not have. The solution, in my view, is free education FROM THE GROUND UP using on-line methods. In other words Primary right through to University could be handled with MOOCS for poor nations. Now this is interesting to compare with "School of the Air" .. which does, and has done (up to Secondary) since 1951. Was "School of the air" the forerunner of MOOCS??
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