MOOCs, Norway, and the ecology of digital learning

Tony Bates, Let's Talk About Tech, Nov 16, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Interesting summary of a conference in Washington DC organized by the Government of Norway "to inquire into the possibilities and challenges that accompany the development of MOOCs and similar offers." I've given two talks on MOOC-related subjects over the last year and a half or so, so I was particularly interested in this report. On my reading, two major themes emerge:

  • First, universities are perceived as slow and expensive, prompting legislators to latch on to MOOCs (or anythiong calling itself a MOOC) in an effort to address this
  • Second, there is a general lack of awareness of the Canadian contribution to MOOCs, and a lack of a Canadian presence at elents like this in general

Obviously there's a lot more in the article and I encourage a good read.

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