MIT LINC 2013: ‘Consistent but Stupid’

Jim Shimabukuro, Jul 08, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Fairly comprehensive coverage of the The Sixth Conference of MIT’s Learning International Networks Consortium (LINC) by Jim Shimabukuro. The morning session, “Four Perspectives on MOOCs,” features a session on MOOCs featuring four speakers whop are well-known but only on the periphry or recent converts to the world of MOOCs. The "Emperor's clothes" moment comes from The Man in Blue who asks (of the crowd and speakers), "Why are we here?" I think I could answer that, but the best the speakers manage is, "There are people watching us on the internet ... Are they getting the same experience as being here?"Which is essentially the same as asking "Are the people reading the newspaper getting the same experience as the people in the war the newspaper is covering?" And - obviously not. But that's hardly the point. It's not about sameness of experience, it's about using the in-person forum to create the online experience, the way a live studio audience makes The Big Bang Theory better.

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