This is a controversial question, as author argues that MOOCs are not disruptive innovations to education, but internet is.
In this who’s afraid of the big bad mooc?
The availability of high-quality online lectures is an opportunity to rethink how we spend our time in the classroom. If an online lecture presents the material, or walks students through an argument, we are freed to spend more time discussing the aspects of the material that are most difficult—or most interesting. We can do other kinds of activities that we might not have time for if we felt obliged to present the material in the traditional way. Yes, hybrid courses usually involve less face-to-face time, but that time can be better and more effectively spent.
Is MOOC a threat to quality education, especially at public universities? When MOOCs reach a critical mass, where students would accept and prefer to learn through the free open course, rather than going to pay for a course, then it is/could be.
How is quality defined? It is defined by users, students, not just by the education providers, MOOCs providers, employers alone. So, if you are to define quality education, we need to consider the different dimensions as “defined” and perceived by the “consumer”. That also makes MOOCs sound like disruptive innovation, as it could “easily” replace any courses by the super-rock-star professors who could afford to spend hundred hours in delivering their videos, and that they have established their reputation in the HE for decades. Would this be a competition between education chains, professors, etc.? It really depends on what each of the stakeholders are looking for. For learners, what are they looking for? Of course, if the elite HE institution is going to recognise their study and learning for free, why not?
Each of the professors could be “right” from their perspectives. If a professor is to use another professor’s work, why not? But then, there are implications and perceptions, also from the students’ perspective. If what the students are studying with are some other professors and some other MOOCs, then why should they be learning with the same institution and or professor? And why should they pay whereas somebody study for free? We all look into all these from “ones” perspective. When we could empathise and look deeper into the “issue” relating to these online learning, and internet-based learning, then we would realise that the internet is the main driver in disrupting everything else. These MOOCs are just catalyst as a disrupting agent, platform, where everyone wants to get the best out of it.