Major challenges Chinese MOOCers have on English platforms

Xu Minji, ASCD Inservice, Feb 20, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

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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