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MOOC/MOOC-like innovations may displace some HED offerings

The MOOC and other MOOC-like learning innovations may displace some HED offerings (rather than entire institutions). For instance, we may see some significant changes in the way students complete their freshman and sophomore year curriculum. Other changes may take place, but I think we're looking at evolutionary as opposed to revolutionary changes. And these changes may take a bit longer to occur than is being predicted.


Submitted by 1 year ago

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  1. Considering that there have been plenty of freshman and sophomore courses that are offered in Mf2fC format (200+ students in a f2f environment), there is no question that first-, and second- ,year students could earn credits via MOOCs with, arguably, little change in educational quality.

    1 year ago
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      As I note below, the experiment at San Francisco State does not support your premise that MOOCs could provide lower level coursework with little change in educational quality. There, only 50% of students passed an entry level class via MOOC, while a higher number passed the traditionally formatted class.

      1 year ago
  2. This may also help reduce overall education costs. I can see families supporting this.

    1 year ago
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    I agree, but not in the way necessarily stated. I feel MOOCs are much more likely to displace the way we teach advanced courses because that's where the scale and the scarcity of resources become interesting. Lower level classes are the place students are most likely to fail, and as we saw with the SFU experiment, those students need more attention than the MOOC format can give them, and they are most likely to still be learning good study habits. At the upper level, true experts in their fields could lead MOOCs with learners prepared for the format and deeply interested in the topic. Combined with on-site faculty mentors, mid-level colleges could give their students access to classes they might not be able to take otherwise and still provide mission specific focus for the information.

    1 year ago
  4. There may be ways to reconfigure a specific higher ed offering into components, with components delivered via different methods. Some components may be MOOC delivery. Others may be small online co-hort discussion. Other components may be in person / on premise. Grouping these components together could be the responsibility of the student.

    1 year ago

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