To MOOC, or not to MOOC

To MOOC, or not to MOOC

MOOCs are hot, but is the sizzle about to fizzle? A short history of distance learning:  1890s: Correspondence Courses 1920: 4 million people took correspondence courses 1993: Jones International University becomes first online U. [in the world] 2006: Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) coined in 2008 by Canadians Dave Cormier and Bryan Alexander 2012: The MOOC market explodes:  5 million: number of students enrolled in Coursera. 325 courses offered. $63 million: total amount of investment funding in Coursera 1.6 million students in 200 countries enrolled in Udacity. 26 courses offered. 370,000: first-year enrollment in edX. Offers 94 courses $60 million: funding amount for edX, an MIT and Harvard project Some new MOOCs:  • San Francisco-based NovoEd is now offering courses directly from Stanford Business School. • Berlin-based iversity is offering a wide range of courses from European educational institutions. • Edraak, will be a MOOC portal for the Arab world • In China – XuetangX • France: Universite Numerique Countries of origin: [where the MOOCs are coming from]:  • U.S.: 28% • U.K. 11% • India: 4.6% • Brazil: 4.5% • Canada: 4% • Spain: 3.9% • Australia: 3.5% • Greece: 2.2 % • Russia: 1.9% • Germany: 1.8% Why all the investment interest? :  • 2 billion potential learners around the world • More than 70 percent of them cannot afford a college degree • $400 billion: amount of money spent annually in U.S. on universities • The $400 billion: more than the annual revenues of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter combined. • 10 million: number of students who have taken at least one MOOC FACT: mooc.org: Google is teaming up with EdX, to create mooc.org — a You Tube for MOOCs. It will be open to everyone, including businesses, governments, and private individuals. BUT: 30% of employers believe a MOOC course represents a valid completion – Even so, that’s a major achievement. To MOOC: :  • Most MOOCs are free or nearly free, a definite plus for the student. • Provides a solution to overcrowding. • Forces professors to improve lectures. • Creates a dynamic archive. • MOOCS are real college courses, complete with tests and grades. • Brings people together from all over the world. • Allows teachers to make the most of the classroom time in blended classes. In a “flipped classroom,” teachers send students home with assignments to listen to or watch a recorded lecture Or not to MOOC:  • It’s not about you, it’s about Money, Money, honey • The motivation behind MOOCs is corporate profiteering. • It’s part of a cost-cutting agenda to privatize public higher education • MOOCs are the leading edge of the Wal-Martification of higher education. • MOOCs create a two-tier education system. • A “real” education for those who can afford to pay • A bargain basement education for those able to only afford online options • MOOCs are inferior • they lack interpersonal exchange • MOOCs are mechanistic • education’s core values reducing to a mechanistic information-delivery process • MOOCs are suffering from innovation exhaustion • The sizzle will fizzle • 93: failure rate percentage of students enrolled in MOOCs • 150,000 to 1. Student to teacher ratio. Is that any way to learn? Grading papers is impossible. That is the question. Universities (paid) fight back:  Top 10 elite schools ALSO offer MOOCs • Udemy: professors from universities like Dartmouth, the University of Virginia and Northwestern • iTunes U: Apple’s free app “gives students access to all the materials for courses in a single place. • Stanford: • FACT: 160,000 students from 190 countries signed up to Stanford’s Introduction to AI” course, with 23,000 reportedly completing. • UC Berkeley • MIT • Duke • Harvard • UCLA • Open Yale • Carnegie Mellon And now there are SPOCs: Small Private Online Courses:  • New B-to-B concept: license online courses to a university or an organization or corporation. • Colorado State Global Campus, first to offer SPOCs • SPOCs have 17-25 students
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