We found Massive Open Online Comments MOOCs with both positive praises and negative criticisms on xMOOCs and cMOOCs with hundreds of blog posts.
What you need to know about MOOC provides some posts that explored different views about xMOOCs. Some people have hailed xMOOC as the way to transform education, but others have viewed them as a disruptive technology to higher education.
Is MOOC (xMOOC) a revolution to higher education? What and who has been revolted? What has been overturned? Is flipping the classroom better than the traditional lectures delivered by the best professors in the world? Who have proven all these? Where are the evidences to support the revolution? Are higher education institutions revolting against themselves?
Are these moot points?
MOOC may be the Napster as Clay Shirky shares here. Napster dies hard! “Napster and its founder held the promise of everything the new medium of the Internet encompassed: youth, radical change and the free exchange of information. But youthful exuberance would soon give way to reality as the music industry placed a bull’s-eye squarely on Napster.”
MOOCs are however well alive. Online education disruption based on MOOC has been added to the dictionary and history of distance education. It has been inscribed in the milestones, the Hall of the Fame, together with the megastars, where the super rock professors have made wave in providing free, high quality online education to the world.
To what extent are these claims of glory to win the gold in Olympic online education “true”? Should we amplify the claim that it is transforming education, and dampen any claim that it is “disruptive” part to our education system?
We might have massive open online comment MOOC and massive open online criticism taking over the cMOOCs and xMOOCs.
If what was revealed in the survey research (Students-prefer-good-lectures-over-the-latest-technology-in-class) is reflective of how students learn “best” in class, what are the implications of students learning with latest technology in class or online?
Would it mean that face-to-face interaction is far superior to online interaction? Should we continue with the traditional classroom delivery with the rockstar professor standing in front of the lecture theatre?
The New Media Consortium’s global digital educational meta-trends highlight some of the disruptive changes already happening in education, such as:
- Emerging global and collaborative educational business models of whatever, whenever and wherever learning.
- Creating and consuming rich media through mobile and cloud-based delivery, which is refining our notion of literacies.
- Acknowledging the role of informal and self-directed learning, which is redefining who can accredit educational experiences.
- Increasing openness of content, data and resources, and changing practices for online ownership and privacy.
I would hope that these are viewed as transformative rather than disruptive changes in the history of online education. Can we do better with MOOCs? Have people really understood what a great MOOC look like?
Postscript: A post on MOOC that asks: Are MOOCs hyped? Really interesting experience from a Professor as a learner in MOOC.