28 septembre 2013

Why MOOCs Are Not A Bandaid for Higher Ed's Gaping Budgetary Wounds

http://www.hastac.org/files/imagecache/Small/hastac-icon.jpgBy Cathy Davidson. A few days ago I wrote a blog called “If We Profs Don’t Reform Ourselves, We’ll Be Reformed (and we won’t like it)” listing four reasons why MOOCs are the center of so much hyperbolic attention, positive and negative, right now.   You can read that post here:  http://hastac.org/blogs/cathy-davidson/2013/01/13/if-we-profs-dont-refor...
A few days later I heard from Lloyd Armstrong, who writes the educational blog “Changing Higher Ed,” who added a fifth important reason, which I agree with entirely:  far too many colleges and universities, desperate to close a gaping budgetary wound, are turning to MOOCs hoping they will magically solve the problem.  They won'tl  To date,   they don’t come close to paying for themselves and have an appalling drop-out rate of something close to 90%, hardly a way of serving one’s students. More...

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