A real-time chronicle of a seasoned professor who is about to give his second massively open online course. Dr. Keith Devlin, a mathematics prof at Stanford blogs his MOOC experience.
elbert chu's insight:
A MOOC professor thinks about ways to make his course more like radio or TV, and in the process reconsiders three ways to scale evaluation:
machine-graded, multiple-choice pop quizzesmachine-graded, multiple-choice (substantive) problem setsstudent evaluation/grading of work.
"One-on-one teaching/learning, the kind of learning experience that in the traditional academy is reserved only for doctoral students. For inescapable personnel reasons — sheer numbers — it is not possible to provide one-on-one learning experiences for undergraduates or masters students at a traditional university.
But surely, isn’t it even more problematic in an online course with tens of thousands of students? Strange though it may seem, the answer is no.
The reason is that a MOOC is, in many ways, like radio or TV — and not just because MOOCs make use of video-recorded lectures. Of far more educational significance, though TV and radio are both referred to as “mass media,” they are in fact highly individual. The newsreader on radio or TV is not addressing a large audience; she or he is talking to millions of single individuals."
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