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Beyond MOOCs - the New Higher Education Collaborative Degree

The concept of MooC U - package sequences of knowledge from a variety of providers for the purpose of certification, workshop, continuing education, and potentially degree whereby the learner has an opportunity to learn from a preferred level-in-class (best-in; good-in, etc)


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  1. Moderator

    This one wasn't really phrased in a way that I can agree or disagree with, so I'll just comment instead.

    I know that many students now take classes from a number of institutions before they finally graduate from somewhere, but I wonder if that's only possible because there are a large swath of institutions that fundamentally don't have any kind of competitive differentiation. Those mid-tier institutions in this category are going to disappear over the next couple of decades.

    I work at a Marianst institution, and part of the mission is to help students learn and live the Marianist values (separate from the Catholic faith, although the two are obviously intertwined). That doesn't mean we necessarily teach every single class with that in mind, but the entire experience is designed to expose students to those values. So you might be able to get all the knowledge of a Chaminade degree by doing it piecemeal, but you won't get the Chaminade Experience.

    Going to an "experience" school won't be important for everyone, but I think that niche is what will help a small school like ours survive. The non-differentiators are going to have to compete with a very large pool for the scraps left after the Ivy+ and other elite schools take their pick of the students.

    1 year ago
  2. MOOCs are the beginning of individual degrees where students can take charge of their education and collect the knowledge and skills that they want.

    1 year ago
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    I understand that for adult learners there is great value is allowing them to construct an educational experience with a small amount of institutional input. But are we willing to abdicate all responsibility for guiding the education of 18 - 22 year olds? Most of the students of that age don't really know what they want, and sometimes education is more than about the individual desire. It's also about what society needs them to know and understand to be a contributing member.

    Educational institutions (K-20) have a vital role to play beyond creating the menu of educational opportunities and then hoping students make good choices.

    1 year ago

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