re: Will MOOCs Massively Disrupt Higher Education?
As a person with a recent online degree I felt the effectiveness of the instructors
during that process varied widely. There seemed to be no standards for presentation and many of the grading techniques varied with each instructors personal preferences. Online education is a great idea and I believe its time has come. The internet is finally maturing enough to make it a plausible reality.
The MOOC idea is very appealing to an individual just looking for information in a particular subject but if no degree is attainable this way MOOCs will always be relegated to a supplementary education process. I cannot imagine how
an instructor can effectively grade the works of 10,000 or more students. As with many new things standards will be the drivers for new and better processes to make these systems plausible for an accredited degree program.
Having just completed an online degree it was clear that the education system needs
some overhauls. The same basic processes that I was subject to in school forty years ago seem to be still ineffectively employed today online and off. If
anything I hope the MOOC process generates enough research in teaching
effectiveness to create better teaching processes throughout the education
systems in colleges and the elementary levels K Gă˘ 12. Maybe we can get our kids and grandkids to want to go to school again.