The King of MOOCs Abdicates the Throne

Rebecca Schuman, Nov 20, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I think that what amuses me most about the reaction to the Thrun story is the glowing descriptions of him have only intensified. "The King of MOOCs." "The Genius Godfather of MOOCs." Really now. As I and the many other people working toward the same end have pointed out repeatedly, the signal change in MOOCs is openess, not whatever it was (hubris? VC money?) that Thrun brought to the table. Rebecca Schuman claims this is a victory for "the tiny, for-credit, in-person seminar." It's not that, no more than the Titanic disaster was a victory for wind-powered passenger transportation.

Related: Kris Olds, Mapping Coursera's Global Footprint; Walter Russell Mead, Is the MOOC Hype Dying? Online Educa Berlin, This house believes that MOOCs are doomed; Jonathan Rees, I know a dead parrot when I'm looking at one; Terry Anderson, All MOOCs don’t work for all students. Are you surprised?

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