Here is a good summary of MOOC.
It is about connecting brains as I have shared about Connectivism.
we could connect one’s brain to others’ “brains” that will lead to continuously improved and innovative solutions for each of us and the network in this digital age – networks including yourself with collective wisdom with emergent knowledge.
I would like to add that MOOCs are not just for education, but more importantly for learning. Here I share:
I doubt if the traditional “xMOOCs” would really challenge the learners and graduates in terms of their talents and intelligence, though most, if not all students are so used to consuming huge amount of information direct from the professors. Is that a dilemma that both professors and students are facing when delivering an online course solely by “teaching” the students what is to be taught, by covering all the content required to pass the test or examinations?
To learn with the best professors in the world might be one of the aspiration of many students who don’t have access to Higher Education, though there might be lots of students too who prefer to learn in solitude or with their own peers. Is learning with best professors and teachers always providing the best outcome? May be not, as this depends on whether the students are able to learn “what is being taught”.
This is why I think each of our students are different, in terms of their needs, and motivation in learning, and that we shouldn’t just assume what “we” want to educate is what they want in their learning.
Could MOOCs save Higher Education?
May be that is the future MOOCs.
Thanks to the professors and Higher Education Institutions for the offer of free education. We do hope that more personalized education and learning are available through MOOCs though in the future.
Postscript: Just found this MOOC. Sounds interesting for k-12 teacher education.