Interesting idea - but does it really reinforce the benefit of learning for the sake of learning? When will be finally throw out grading, certificates, badges - and focus on outputs, portfolios, results. Hard to break from traditional ties no matter what we call the "gold stars."
Like traditional education institutions, identity and reputation are important in MOOCs. For providers such as Udacity, Coursera, and edX, it means that the end user experience is vital in perceptions of overall quality. If students encounter a poor course (design, video, layout), that experience casts a reputation on the overall course provider. If they can’t offer quality courses, how do we know the assessments will be good quality? Or that plagiarism is being taken seriously?
The amount of time in planning and course prep is directly proportional to the amount of one-on-one time an instructor can spend with each student. So, if you have a course with 40,000 enrolled, that upfront planning and detailed prep is absolutely essential. Don't offer a course in a MOOC as an experiment - the content needs to be fully developed, tested, and reviewed prior to being MOOCed
The document's authors want to make sure that the rapid rise of MOOCs and other digital tools does not obscure traditional obligations to students.
Dawne Tortorella's insight:
My fear is that higher education will co-op MOOCs. We are already seeing changes that are driven by higher ed and not learners. It is vitally important that students who are committed to learning, irregardless of credit - paid certificates - transferability to certain universities, have a strong voice that is not just heard, but present at the table.
It is a difficult balancing act and I can only imagine how frustrating MOOC are for instructors to actually hoped they could engage and inspire even a majority of their registrants. 2% engagement in discussion is indeed disappointing. Will we see a branching of MOOCs - those wishing to immerse themselves in content and gain a certificate and those who "dipping into the subject." Perhaps two versions of each course are necessary to avoid diluting the first and overwhelming the second goals.
One of the things I've most appreciated about the MOOCs I've participated in is the work faculty and providers have done to make quality resources available free. It certainly makes a big difference in affordable learning.
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