Just because I can…
What kind of professor “experiments” in front of tens of thousands of students? Gerry Canavan is right ““ one who already knows the results. And the results are, of course, that MOOCs are a resounding success (even if that requires moving the goal posts all the way back to your own ten yard line).
So for what feels like the 67 millionth time: Nobody is trying to take anyone’s MOOCs away. It’s just that some of us simply refuse to assume that MOOCs are by definition successful because they reach more people than traditional education does. Real higher education (as opposed to mere information transferal) depends upon direct contact with the professor. MOOCs may “evolve,” but unless they eschew their essential “MOOC-iness” ““ namely their mechanical, impersonal industrialized nature ““ they’re not going to educate anyone any better. If they do, then they’ll no longer be MOOCs.
My Photoshop funnery is totally standing on the shoulder of Zack Dowell, who saw it coming in December 2012
I’ve yet to see a technology that is able to bottle teaching magic. For now, or until such time as legislators change the law in the interest of efficiency, I hold on to the hope that this “regular effective contact” will accompany and keep honest any attempt to create drive-through solutions for undergraduate bottleneck course problems.
If that McDegree comes with a fun meal badge, would you like that here or to go?
The post "Supersize Edu" was originally yanked out of the teeth of a rabid chicken at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2013/06/supersize-edu/) on June 18, 2013.