BBC The Documentary: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01xrlpm
A brief overview of MOOCs, with some of their advantages and disadvantages.
Some points covered by the programme:
- How much of a university is down to bricks and mortar, and how much could it be transferred to an online version?
- Stephen Greenblatt and Shakespeare and his small seminar groups – can it be re-created online?
- On the MOOC: 10 minute videos, articles to read, multiple choice quiz, online discussion boards – but how accessible are the tutors?
- Who are the participants – disadvantaged from developing countries, or are they already graduates from the first world?
- Use Google Hangouts to have more interactivity?
- Is an online course as good as a traditional one? Or is it just a cost cutting measure? University of Maryland?
- Lecturers in Community Colleges become little more than glorified teaching assistants – replaced by MOOCs?
- Is it good for education to have everyone learning the same course?
- Are MOOCs universally a good thing? See the open letter from San Jose State U.
- Typically dropout rates – 90%. Who marks the essays? Peer review? Computer graded?
- What is the future for MOOCs?
- Udacity – MOOCs and Business – short courses teaching short skills.
- Project based rather than exams.
- Prof Peter Bol – Should we be ‘the last man standing’, or do we need to look for the future?
- Rich kids get taught by computers, while poor kids get taught by computers.
- Not the same as learning with people on campus.
- Sebastian Thrun