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The attack of the MOOCs | The Economist, Higher Education

The attack of the MOOCs | The Economist, Higher Education | Tech Tools for 21st Century Teaching and Learning |

An army of new online courses is scaring the wits out of traditional universities. But can they find a viable business model?

Via Peter B. Sloep
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Worth reading...

Gabi Witthaus's curator insight, August 22, 2013 4:04 AM

Good commentary by Peter Sloep: "This concise article contains little news for those who keep up to date on MOOC developments. However, it still is useful in that it only takes on the question of whether (higher) education with MOOCs can be turned into a viable business. This is revealing, both in that the Economist concludes that the verdict is still out on that question and in that no single sentence is devoted to the question of whether this is a good idea in the first place." (@pbsloep)


I suppose it is The Economist, after all...

drsmetty's curator insight, August 25, 2013 7:26 AM

Offering MOOC's... a “lemming-like rush”? Interesting metaphor.

Fiona Harvey's curator insight, September 21, 2013 7:16 AM

Business models are appearing - Coursera announced this week that they have made $1million on their Signature track (although this pales into insignificance against their investors $66 million) Better than nothing though!  Interesting article though. 

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Truths about MOOCs, Rees v Chait, and a bunch of other MOOC article links | Steve Krause -, blog

It sure seems like there’s been a swing in both the education media and the main stream media against MOOCs as of late– that is, from what once seemed to me to be a blind faith of MOOCs being the next best thing, it seems like we’ve swung lately into a sort of a MOOCs are evil vein. […] let me suggest two important and frequently ignored “truths” about MOOCs to keep in mind as you browse through these and almost anything else about MOOCs, especially polemics about MOOCs.

Via Peter B. Sloep
Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, July 30, 2013 4:59 AM

The truths are rather obvious for anyone following the MOOC debates but Steve Krause plausibly argues that not everyone has them on their radar. The first is that MOOCs and online learning are not the same, the former being a subset of the latter. I wholeheartedly agree with this, having written from day one that MOOC pundits ignore decades of research on online learning, at their peril.  


The second one is dat cMOOCs - the original, connectivist kind written about by Siemens et al - and xMOOCs - the new one, offered by Udacity, Coursera and the like - are often confused in the public debate. This is detrimental to any productive discussion as the two are diametrically opposed. However, the actual damage is small if one substitutes xMOOC for MOOC on any occasion that the unqualified term is used. 


The remainder of the discussion brings little news for anybody who follows MOOC debates, but it is a very useful overview of the current state of affairs. So if you want to read up on MOOCs, particularly the xMOOC kind, the article is very useful. (@pbsloep)