No doubt most of you will have read the (unintentionally hilarious) interview with Udacity founder and the media's poster child for MOOCs, Sebastian Thrun. If you haven't the short version (minus the ego fanning and competitive cycling) is...
Tayna Joosten asks on Twitter whether anyone has any best practices for reusing MOOCs. I’ve been looking at this with Amy Collier, Helen Chen and others, but we’ve tended to focus on the question of how to create MOOCs that make reuse easier.
"Knowledge and wisdom are two aspects of life development that I am skeptical can happen outside of a residential education."
Though I understand have sympathy with this view I'm not sure if this is intrinsic to online or more a reflection on how we do online (both in terms of comparative maturity of our understanding of online ed ) I also feel that we can judge online by criteria that face to face might also struggle with (though we mostly know how one would fix the problem in f2f).
I also wonder at what point we should prioiritise access over depth (I dislike even thinking about that question but increasingly in my mind refuse to have a debate about quality which doesn't talk about access a a factor - no critique of John's thoughts intended here, it's more that that is where my head is at with this debate).
There is also perhaps a deeper debate about online /offline , degrees of 'real', and dualism which lurks in this conversations.
Sarah Kendzior, Al-Jazeera English’s firebrand of social and economic justice, suggested this week that there should be a Norton Anthology of Academics Declaring They Quit, among whose august contributions she would place Zachary Ernst’s “Why I...
I gave a presentation at InstructureCon last week on the distributed flip, and in particular, how it related to MOOCs. I thought the session went extremely well, and when the video is available a couple weeks from now I’ll post it.