The silent majority - why are MOOC forums counterproductive?

Alastair Creelman, In Our Time: Science, Sept 11, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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It's interesting that this article addresses a lesson we learned in the first few weeks of our MOOC in 2008 - the centralized discussion forum is not a good tool for a course of thousands of people. It's funny that Alastair Creelman would say "There is of course no patented answer to this problem but maybe we should think at least twice before launching a MOOC with a common discussion forum in the middle." Though we haven't patented it, we have, I think, andwered it - have people contribute from their own forum (their own blog, their own space) and connect them using the course software.

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