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Four Barriers That MOOCs Must Overcome To Build a Sustainable Model

       This article was originally posted at e-Literate Given the hype of national media coverage of massive open online courses (MOOCs), it is refreshing to see more recent analysis looking at important attributes such as revenue models, dropout rates, and instructional design. Steve Kolowich at Inside Higher Ed wrote a revealing and important article looking at early demographic data. Jeff Young at the Chronicle wrote an excellent article about Coursera’s contract with …Read More

With Forced Resignation of UVa President, We See the Biggest Impact of MOOCs

We also believe that higher education is on the brink of a transformation now that online delivery has been legitimized by some of the elite institutions.       – Rector Helen Dragas announcing the forced resignation of UVa president Traditional, new and social media has been awash in articles and discussions about Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), often describing their potential to disrupt or transform higher education. These discussions proliferate despite the …Read More

MOOCs: Two Different Approaches to Scale, Access and Experimentation

This article was originally posted at e-Literate In part 1 of this series, I described a new landscape of educational delivery models. Inpart 2 I described the master course concept and how it presents a cultural barrier that most traditional institutions cannot cross, at least without a dedicated online organization or an outsourced partnership. Why does it matter that we describe these educational delivery models with finer granularity than just traditional and online? …Read More