For-Credit MOOC: Best of Both Worlds at MIT?

Nick Roll, Inside Higher Ed, Jun 15, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This article is making the rounds, but there are many reasons to be unhappy with it. The main idea is that MIT students were happy with a for-credit MOOC, according to a recent study. For some reason, Inside Higher Ed doesn't actually link to the study (but you can find it here). But even more to the point, as one commenter says, "If it wasn't massive, and it wasn't open, then why are we still calling this a MOOC? It sounds like all MIT did was experiment with offering a class online. Great, but hardly groundbreaking." And another notes, "Why is it news that a school has finally decided to offer an online course with credits for 30 students?" I know that the press likes to gush over anything with the 'MIT' label attached to it, like this press release, but this is ridiculous.

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