As a wrap-up to #FUSION12 in San Diego, I chatted with Stephen Downes about MOOC – Massive Open Online Courses. Why so much hype, where is the hope, and what role will these offerings play in the future of education?
Desire2Learn is one of many sponsors for a MOOC that starts this fall with George Siemens, Stephen Downes, and a larger cast of characters. It is called the Current/Future State of Higher Education and the website is found at http://edfuture.net/
The recording is about 30 minutes long. Even though it’s a video, the only real value is in the audio track, so feel free to turn it on and leave it running in the background.
0:00 – Define MOOC for us.
7:40 – I saw somewhere that the Khan Academy has been labeled a MOOC. Sat what?
11:10 – I asked Stephen about the Connectivism nature of the MOOC, although I had a mind blip and said Constructivism, instead. Oops! It did give Stephen an opportunity to opine about Constructivism versus MOOC-like learning.
13:40 – How are the much more highly-publicized offerings by Udemy, Udacity, Coursera, EdX, etc. different from the MOOC with which you have been involved and will be involved with in the future?
16:45 – Why are the elite educational institutions jumping into the MOOC arena with both feet when they have otherwise been reluctant to play in the online learning sandbox over the past 15 years or so?
19:30 – What are the implications for the community colleges and for-profit institutions in the MOOC arena. Will the elite institutions make it harder for these less-elite organizations to survive? Will these less-elite orgs play a role in future MOOC, and should they?
23:10 – Tell us about the MOOC that you will be involved with in the fall called the Current/Future State of Higher Education (http://edfuture.net/)