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UT-Austin Announces Nine Massive Open Online Courses, by Reeve Hamilton

UT-Austin Announces Nine Massive Open Online Courses, by Reeve Hamilton | CONSORTIUM Learning Curation |
The University of Texas at Austin will offer nine massive open online courses through edX in the coming year, officials announced on Monday.
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Your Massively Open Offline College Is Broken | Clay Shirky - The Awl

Your Massively Open Offline College Is Broken | Clay Shirky - The Awl | CONSORTIUM Learning Curation |

For all our good will, college in the U.S. has gotten worse for nearly everyone who relies on us. For some students—millions of them—the institutions in which they enroll are more reliable producers of debt than education. This has happened on our watch.

In the academy, we have a lot of good ideas and a lot of practice at making people smarter, but it’s not obvious that we have the best ideas, and it is obvious that we don’t have all the ideas. For us to behave as if we have—or should have—a monopoly on educating adults is just ridiculous.


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Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, February 20, 2013 11:25 AM

A passionate plea by Clay Shirkey to take MOOCs seriously. They may be a threat to higher education (in the USA) as we know it, he says, but if you look carefully, it is not obvious that you would want to conserve higher education as we know it. He mentions several reasons. The rise in tuitions and the concomitant decline in the value of a bachelor degrees is one of them. The discrepancy between how colleges and universities see and portray themselves and the way they actually are, another. And, finally, schools should stop fighting the effects the internet has on education but rather embrace them. MOOCs are a way to do so. 


If MOOCs are contrasted with an ideal of education that no longer exists (except perhaps in ivy league schools, where tuition fees are inaffordable to 90% of the people), we're making an unfair comparison. Still, even if we were to grant that the need for online education with MOOCs or other systems is an economic necessity, we should discuss if we want this to be so. If this 'happened under our watch', perhaps we should fight the ideology or convictions that led to this dire situation rather than give in and accept second-best learning experiences. Unless, of course, the experiences are not second best (and I am restricting myself here to adolescents who engage in higher education). But then I want to hear an argument for why this is the case better than the argument from analogy, which basically says that after the music industry education is next inline. (@pbsloep)

suifaijohnmak's comment, February 20, 2013 6:50 PM
Is MOOC an ideal education model? What is best learning experience? Is it based on an institutional education model? What features of an institutional model would provide such best learning experience? Is learning experience the only criteria in evaluating education?