Are Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Enabling A New Pedagogy?

Unattributed, Contact North, Jan 14, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Five questions that shape the debate:

  • Are MOOCs available for credit? They're starting to be.
  • Are MOOCs influencing the way faculty think about education. Numerous examples suggest that they are.
  • Are they impacting courses not taight online? Yes, they're pushing the use of blended learning and OERs.
  • Are MOOCs improving the quality of online learning? Maybe. In some cases, high quality courses are produced, but other MOOCs are not high quality at all.
  • Are MOOCs transforming post-secondary education? I'd make that a pretty unqualified yes.

The author cites numerous examples in response to all of these questions. Well worth a look, especially for MOOC sceptics.

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