Who is accountable at Coursera?
Nov 07, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Mike Caulfield finds a pretty blatant error in a Coursera course and asks a reasonable quetion: who is accountable? "And yes, this is partially an argument for why all xMOOC credit should be wrapped in a layer of authentic institutional assessment, if only to protect the value of your degree. But it’s also a straight up question — who at Coursera is accountable? And to whom?" By contrast, when I make an error in a Connectivist MOOC (and I have no doubt there have been many) there is no presumption of perfection, and it becomes part of the work of the student to identify the error and properly correct it. Oh, and there's no such thing as 'giving away the answer on the test' in a cMOOC.

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Re: Who is accountable at Coursera?

An aside: xMOOCs are a wonderful opportunity.

In text-book semiotics fashion, and new term ('sign' or what you will) is defined both by what it is, and what it is not, or both by what it distinguishes from everything else, and the 'hole' it leaves in a particular whole.

So ... xMOOCs are a wonderful opportunity for cMOOC-ers to define what they are (not/) doing, viz-a-viz .....


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