What is the matter with MOOC? Asks Siva
Yes, the current x MOOCs, including the Khan Academy are focusing on content mastery, and principally they make use of pre-recorded short videos (like posting on Youtube) and the flipping the classroom as a pedagogy. There are however, big differences in pedagogy and epistemology between the x MOOC and connectivist MOOCs. I have responded here
http://suifaijohnmak.wordpress… on the significance of x MOOC and the connectivist MOOC. Connectivist MOOCs have been introduced since 2008, only that they might not been known to the formal HE institutions.
I like your point that “With proper study, we might be able to determine which subjects work best in MOOC format and which do not. But the worst thing we can do is force every area of study into one mode just because some rich folks like Bill Gates think MOOCs are the key to the future.” MOOC has become part of the “culture” and the internet, whether it’s x MOOCs or the Connectivist MOOCs. It’s important to explore how to make it better, and to understand the underlying philosophy and pedagogy that would chart out the future education, through critical evaluation and conversation. George summarises his views on the theory underpinning MOOC (connectivist MOOC in particular) here.
What would MOOC bring along? How would it impact on universities and HE around the world?
Here George has posted an open letter to Canadian universities. He says:”Now is a great time to plant the Canadian flag in the emerging education landscape. All we need is a bit of vision and a willingness to experiment.”
How about the MOOC movement in Australia? Here is the post, where Craig cites:
According to The Australian, Deakin University plans to embed MOOCs in their curriculum. Announcing their “cloud learning” strategy the Vice Chancellor said:
“The universities which continue to succeed will be those which embed the opportunities of the internet in their culture and in the way they enhance the student experience.”