The Pedagogy of MOOCs

Paul Stacey, May 12, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Good article from Paul Stacey outlining the arc of MOOC pedagogy from the first days of the connectivist MOOCs to the more recent U.S.-based offerings. "All of these new MOOC’s are focused on objectivist and behaviourist methods of teaching and learning. Their pedagogy is based on an assumption that when there are tens of thousands of learners social learning isn’t feasible." But "Students tend to find online behaviourist and objectivist learning pedagogies boring, impersonal, and not interactive or engaging." Like Stacey, I don't see the story being over just yet. Yes, we've seen "a form of colonialism that attempts to rewrite MOOC history." But we persevere.

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