Suffering Massive MOOC Creep

Tom Woodward, Feb 07, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

My thoughts exactly (and I quote):

  • If a student can’t tell if they’re the only student in the course or if there are 5,000 other students, you just have an online course. Please retract your media statements
  • If you take your 5,000 students and break them down so they are in “normal” sized cohorts that proceed independently, congratulations you have several online courses.
  • If having 5,000 students actually hurts your students, you have an online mess.
  • If you haven’t rethought things given what the Internet is — the tools, the communities, and the way information can flow . . . then you’re probably just putting stuff online.
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