Thoughts from a MOOC Pioneer

Gene Roche, Government of Ontario, Jan 23, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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We hear the same lesson from "MOOC pioneers" every time they report on their experience: "Producing decent video takes much more skill and concentration than it would seem." What else? Interestingly, Scott E. Page’ reports, "the constraints of sharing video with the entire world and trying to keep it reusable strips out much of the humor, the personal stories, and the other emotional content that make even average lectures more engaging than carefully produced video.  One student noted, 'You don’t seem to care as much in the videos.' He notes that he gets asked to speak on MOOCs in lots of settings, but, when he offers to send a video, almost no one takes him up on it. They want face-to-face interaction."

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