I’ve just been reading a thread on an academic listserv about Coursera. This led me to the following post by Clay Shirky about massively open online courses or MOOCs. Can you get your University education for free? Will services like Udacity and Coursera change higher education the way Napster changed music?
A massive open online class is usually a series of video lectures with associated written materials and self-scoring tests, open to anyone. That’s what makes them OOCs. The M part, though, comes from the world. As we learned from Wikipedia, demand for knowledge is so enormous that good, free online materials can attract extraordinary numbers of people from all over the world.
- OPEN EDUCATION: THE BADY vs SHIRKY DEBATE (mraybould.wordpress.com)
- Your Massively Open Offline College Is Broken (leanworkspace.wordpress.com)
- ” Napster, Udacity, and the Academy Clay Shirky (biverson.com)
- Is Higher Ed Destined to Follow the Path of the Music Industry? (entrepreneurshipmatters.com)
- Georgia Tech and Coursera Try to Recover From MOOC Stumble (chronicle.com)