Online, Bigger Classes May Be Better Classes

Mark Parry, Tidsskriftet for Universiteternes Efter- og Videreuddannelse, Aug 31, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The Chronicle covers the open course phenomenon, talking eo myself, George Siemens, Alec Couros, David Wiley, Wendy Drexler and others. It's reasonable coverage, examining both the motivations and the outcomes. The headline is a bit odd, though. The courses aren't better because they're bigger, they're better because they're open. There is the requisite Chronicle contrarian, in this case Gary W. Matkin, dean of continuing education at UC Irvine, who comments despite not having any experience with the distributed delievry model we have been using. Instructors have to control the context of education, he says, and to keep the dummies from crowding out the paying customers. Of course, we've dealt with all that and more.
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