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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

MOOCs offer courses and not degree programs: Facts and Myths revisited

The bottomline is Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)'s facilitate access to content in most convenient way. In short they are content for informal education...

NEW BUSINESS MODELFor 1st time, MIT's free online classes can lead to degree

But, then with content, library books, and readings, does this directly and conveniently bring education (with necessary competency and skills) that leads to jobs or merely gives a means to find information that leads to intellectual satisfaction??? It is for the seeker to decide whatever they need... "MOOCs are free non-degree online courses with open unlimited global enrollment to anyone who desires to learn, and regardless of their current educational level." source: Global Directory of MOOC
See also:
From m.chronicle.com - January 19, 5:22 PM
"An annual survey's findings reveal growing skepticism among academic leaders about the long-term prospects for massive open online courses." (source)

Four Facts About MOOCs:

  1. It is About Spending Money Wisely on Education
  2. MOOCs Continue a Diverse Education System
  3. MOOCs Are About Quality Mass Education
  4. MOOCs are built on 100 years of distance education experience

  1. It's All about Money
  2. MOOCs Create a Two-Tier Educational System
  3. MOOCs Are Inherently Inferior
  4. MOOCs Are Mechanistic
  5. We've Seen How This Plays Out
Here is the MOOCs/Final Debate - MindMeister Mind Map (includes Pros and Cons). More discussion: MOOCs: Disrupting the University or Business as Usual? - ArenaIs higher education actually making inequality worse?

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