MOOCs Need to Go Back to Their Roots

Michael Burnam-Fink, , Sept 25, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

"They were supposed to be educational communities, not hypertextbooks," writes Michael Burnam-Fink. Needless to say, I am in broad agreement with this post (though I wouldn't characterize connectivism as "flaky"). "A pair of Canadian academics developed the MOOC in 2008 as a proof of concept of their connectivist theory of education. Drawing from neuroscience and computer networking, connectivism postulates that knowledge is distributed across human and nonhuman nodes in a network."

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