The Good Life and Open Online Learning

Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed, May 07, 2018
Commentary by Stephen Downes

As I commented to the author of this article: First, don't say "Those of us who are actually involved..." It's fine to speak for yourself, but you should not position yourself as representative of the people who build, developed or taught MOOCs. There's a wide range of opinion in the community, and a lot of it will disagree with yours. Second, I don't see how this can be true: "The real value comes in the active and experiential learning that can only occur at a small scale. This only happens when a professor has the opportunity to get to know her students as individuals." There are many cases where active and experiential learning happens at a massive scale, and there are many cases where this happens without the mediation of professors. Image: Washington Post

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