"Publishing, music, shopping, journalism – all revolutionised by the internet. Next in line? Education. Now US academics are offering world-class tuition – free – to anyone who can log on, anywhere in the world, is this the end of campus life?"
Comment: A long but rich article about xMOOCs. Sebastian Thrun features large in the historical overview, which goes from Udacity to Coursera and edX. It touches upon the Open University and why they are not a viable alternative to MOOCs for many students (with £5000 per year too expensive), indeed why higher education in England with its fees of £9000 a year is giving the competition a field day. For education has become a market, Carole argues, and competition there is. How the MOOC providers would do the accreditation is of course an issue, but the people whom she talked to either are doing MOOCs for the fun of it, personal development etc, or are students who complain about the low quality of what their university offers to them and use the MOOC course as a complement. She concludes saying that "These websites [of MOOCs] are barely months old. They're still figuring out the basics. Universities aren't going anywhere just yet. But who knows what they'll look like in 10 years' time? A decade ago, I thought newspapers would be here for ever. That nothing could replace a book." (peter sloep, @pbsloep)
Un interesante artículo de Paul Wappett sobre EL FUTURO DE LA EDUCACIÓN, enfocado a cómo deben ser los cursos.
Modelos con conferencias on line del experto, de unos 10 minutos y que finalizan con una prueba corta.
Esto permitirá: - asegurarse de qe los conceptos se van entendiendo - personalizar el aprendizaje, el alumno accederá a aquello que necesite y podrá navegar libremente - analíticas del aprendizaje - atender diferentes estilos de aprender de diferentes alumnos
El reto será que los docentes investiguen y trabajen en diseñar contenidos de calidad.
"It’s possible that the incursion of the Internet market into the universities will be something like the incursion of big-time college sports. There are any number of American schools that appear now to have been swallowed by their sports programs. ... Something similar may happen with Internet education. Certain colleges may become addicted to the revenue that Internet courses draw and they will deform themselves in the attempt to make more and more money. They will adulterate their intellectual goods for the marketplace and perhaps those goods will sell briskly. "
Comment: Yet another pebble in the pond of opinions on how MOOCs might affect education, and a good one at that. The piece ends in an optimistic note: "The quest for truth will always collide in time with the quest for profits." I hope with the author that this is how the story ends. But once you allow money to dictate academic values, there's no real going back, I fear. Look at the film industry (the author himself mentions Hollywood), the music industry. Financial gain is the great homogeniser, we should never allow it to even aspire to that role in academia.
Note: For now, the bleak scenario applies to the USA in particular, but ever more countries in the world seem to be wiling to organise themselves in such a way that financial arguments are the ultimate and only judge of the policies they choose to adopt and ignore. If that is true, nobody is immune to the scenario sketched here. (peter sloep, @pbsloep)
Online versions of college courses are attracting hundreds of thousands of students, millions of dollars in funding, and accolades from university administrators. Is this a fad, or is higher education about to get the overhaul it needs?