MOOCs on the Move: How Coursera Is Disrupting the Traditional Classroom by Knowledge@Wharton, the online business journal of the Wharton School.
Comment: good, sensible interview with Coursera's Daphne Koller, about the difference between xMOOCs and traditional education, about credits and certificates, about (peer) assessment, about the business model. Intesting is her toned-down prediction for where Coursera will be in 10 years time:
"I also think that in five to 10 years, from the perspective of the higher education ecosystem, people will look back on the 20th century and say, "I can't believe that we spent so much of our students' time shoveling them into auditoria and having them sit there for 75 minutes while somebody lectured at them." We will all clearly recognize that this is not the best form for getting people to learn material and use it effectively. I think our notion of what makes for a good education will shift drastically.
That's right, at least I hope, but that was not the question. I would have loved to hear what she thinks Coursera's or for that matter the MOOCs' role will have been in this. For if we let people watch the sage on the stage through a computer screen rather than in an auditorium, nothing has fundamentally changed. And that is what we need. And there may be room for MOOCs then, or not. (peter sloep, @pbsloep)
Via Peter B. Sloep