OERs and MOOCs: Old Wine in New Skins?

Neil Butcher, District Administration, Jul 18, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Neil Butcher makes the point that current MOOC implementations using open educational resources (OERs) are simply replicating traditional courses usinbg OERs, where "we are primarily harnessing the innovation of OER predominantly to reproduce content-heavy, top-down models of education that were developed hundreds of years.`The potential is for so much more, he says. "The urgent imperative – and the real transformative potential of OER and MOOCs – is to evolve new systems of education that can help our societies, and especially our youth, to navigate their way through a world in which the disruption wreaked by information and communication technologies requires a completely new approach to knowledge, skills and competence." This is what I would like to see with our connectivist MOOCs but it takes time and has to be built from the ground up.

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