Yes, it’s obvious that we need to do a better job of distributing access to education. Our investments in education can and should be shared with learners in less developed nations.
But it was clear from the beginning of MOOC Mania that the interest of prestigious institutions had as much to do with branding as catering to under-served students. The fact that these courses used the lecture format ignored much of the last 20 years of research into effective online courseware. And given that MOOCs were technically feasible 15 years earlier – had schools been interested – made all of the excitement hard for us to understand.
That said, MOOCs have generated new discussions and a sense of urgency in higher education that may prove to be one of its most powerful drivers of innovation, albeit indirectly.
Below, we’ve collected some of the more interesting posts, presentations and essays that signal the end of MOOC Mania. Let us know your thoughts.
Thrun Enters Burgeoning Sieve Market (Mike Caulfield, director of blended and networked learning at Washington State University Vancouver, Hapgood, Nov. 14, 2013)
Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before (Martin Weller, professor of education technology at the Open University, UK, The Ed Techie, Nov 15, 2013)
in the wake of MOOC hype, what shall we talk about? (Bonnie Stewart, TheTheoryBlog, 15 Nov 2013)
Udacity: Shifting Models Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry (Rolin Moe, doctoral student, Pepperdine University, All MOOCs, All the Time, Nov. 15. 2013)
WANNABE (University Ventures, August 23 2013)