What’s the Difference Between OCWs and MOOCs? Managing Expectations

David Wiley, BC Campus, Aug 21, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Everybody loves MIT's Open Courseware project. But they hate MOOCs. David Wiley points to the fact that they are (at least, the way MIT does them) essentially the same. So why the hate? "We’re seeing a huge anti-MOOC backlash now, but never saw an anti-OCW backlash. Why? Perhaps because even though to the public mind they’re doing essentially the same things – publishing large collections of curated, high quality, freely available course content – OCW managed the public’s expectations better." I have to agree.

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