The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) concept is to provide free programs of education to anyone who feels the need to participate; the classes generate a certificate, but no actual credits, are either self or peer evaluated, and are conducted by highly respected education professionals. The issue with concept is the concern that the free education system, which is gaining notoriety with the American Council of education, could potentially cause institutions of higher learning revenue loss, which could ultimately lead to loss of (or at least a reduction of) face to face instruction. Daphne Koller’s presentation entitled “What we’re learning from an online education” argues the MOOC concept provides millions of people who could not otherwise afford a college level education, the opportunity to learn in an online format without the burden of cost. Jason Ohler’s article “MOOC Professors Claim No Responsibility for How Courses Are Used” compiles a number of arguments from prominent education professionals that argue against the concept. I have provided a link to both sources and a digital copy of Mr. Ohler’s article. You be the judge and provide your own opinion on the topic.
- guardian tecnologia: MOOCs – massive open online courses: jumping on the bandwidth (guardian.co.uk)
- MOOC Students Who Got Offline Help Scored Higher, Study Finds (chronicle.com)
- Here Comes the Massive Open Online Commencement Speech (bigthink.com)
- Massive, open, online and incompleted courses? (gogwit.wordpress.com)