The phrase, then, “irrational exuberance,” came back to me when I listened a few days ago to four enthusiastic Stanford University professors talk about their experiences teaching online courses including MOOCs. These professors in mechanical engineering, computer science, management science, and human biology told a filled auditorium of faculty and graduate students of their excitement, hard work, and surprises in re-engineering their courses to teach MOOCs that included Stanford students in face-to-face classrooms.
The professors’ enthusiasm was infectious. They were animated in their remarks and energized by the experience. I was delighted to see professors so engaged in figuring out how best to teach a particular topic, how to get their students across the globe to work as teams on projects, and how they creatively went beyond pre-recorded lectures.
How about learning? Larry asks: Does it work? Is it effective? Have students learned?
MOOCs are more about business models, from institutional point of view, though learning would be the “business” of teaching by the professors.
If we were to look into the future of education, say now it is 2025 and look back at what had happened in 2013, would we be seeing something like this?
Would we be seeing the trend of technology in the eyes of computers, then the Apple, Macintosh, ipod, iphone, ipad, and then iMOOCs (post c and x MOOCs)?
What is iMOOCs? i could stand for internet, innovative, integrated and international.
Such future iMOOCs would then be internet based, having innovative, integrated and international features designed to fit into everyone’s needs.
I would coin it as internet based MOOCs for the moment, and that may be the future of cMOOCs and xMOOCs. That is why innovation and technology would both create and disrupt the future of education, and iMOOC is going to be a global phenomena.
I would however be much reserved to use the Messiah image as shown in the video. Why? MOOC is the catalyst and game driver for more democratic and enriching education, but not a panacea in itself.
To be continued in Part 2.