Massive: What Good is the M in MOOC? -- Campus Technology | Education and Tech Tools |
In the wake of the refusal of tiny liberal arts school Amherst College to join edX last week, it's time to ask who benefits from the massive nature of MOOCs. spoke with experts on both sides of the issue to find out.


From the article:

Amherst College's recent and much publicized decision not to join nonprofit massive open online course (MOOC) provider edX draws a stark line between small classroom instruction and the online courses that sometimes enroll more than 100,000 students at a time.


Amherst's Chair of Neuroscience Stephen A. George led the faculty rejection of edX. It wasn't a rejection of online learning or open resources or the idea of making entire courses available for free online that they rejected, he said. "It was just the massive, synchronous MOOC that didn't seem to fit" with the school's mission and identity.


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