MOOCs and Online Education; a real difference

Jim Farmer, Jul 03, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

How common an error is this: boards and administrators "learning about online education from what they were reading, not from information provided by the University... depending only on the national press and broadcast for judgments about the effectiveness of instructional methods." It sounds pretty familiar in my own environment, and probably in most OLDaily readers' environments. That's why discussion of MOOCs and onlinbe learning with administrators "has become error-prone and counter-productive." It's really important to distinguish MOOCs from previous types of open and online learning, and even to distinguish types of MOOCs from each other. And this needs to be done in the media, because administratrors don't follow, read or listen to their staff. See also: When data goes bad.

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