Major challenges Chinese MOOCers have on English platforms

Xu Minji, ASCD Inservice, Feb 20, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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Interesting article about the problems faced by the Chinese audience participating in international (ie., English-language) MOOCs. Issues range from internet speeds to the Great Firewall to differing approaches to learening. Also, Chinese MOOC users tend to be much younger, making university-level vocabulary a challenge (related: I always thought the University of Alberta's Dino 101 course should have been less like a university course and more like the NASA website). Should there be a 'MOOC Chinatown?' I'd rather see the great cultures of the world interact through MOOCs, rather than embracing their own solitudes. But it's not something that happens automatically.

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