Challenge to the idea that Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are necessarily a revolution-in-progress

As the internet becomes more pervasive in our daily lives, methods of educations have also become controversial due to online course offerings.

To read more about MOOCs:
http://nogoodreason.typepad.co.uk/no_good_reason/2013/05/you-can-stop-worrying-about-moocs-now.html

Teaching vs Lecturing: A Disruptive Force in Online Education

A post from Eric Caballero, Executive Director of Sales & Marketing for Manhattan Prep on how online classes diminishes students’ learning experience. He points out how online campuses such as Khan Academy and educational talks such as those hosted by TED are successful but still have limits to how big of an audience they are able to reach and hold the attention of. MIT students were also surveyed for reason of ditching class. Results: (1) Poor Quality/Clarity of Lectures, (2) Lack of Relevant Examples, (3) Lecturer’s Inability to Engage/Entertain. Online education is said to only worsen these problems.

Thoughts on “State U Online”

Featuring a blog from the Dean of an educational institution about his thoughts of the “State U Online” report written by Rachel Fisherman (New America Foundation). He provides the downside and possible problems that could arise from the concept of an online educational system that enables students to take classes from multiple educational institutions due to the sense of community that most people feel.

“No Significant Difference” in Online Science Courses?

Colorado Community College System find no difference in outcomes between students who take science courses in-class and those who take them online.