Online Learning Update

January 29, 2014

No room for sloppiness in online classroom

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

by Mike Sharples, the Conversation

When your classroom is a global one, filled with well-informed online learners, they don’t cut you much slack, The Conversation reports. Hundreds of people pore over every element of your course, making well-informed and sometime acerbic comments. Academics who run Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are finding that they can’t afford any sloppy reasoning, one-sided arguments, or narrow perspectives when teaching to a massive global audience. As academic lead at FutureLearn, a company offering free online courses from UK universities, I’ve seen that this instant feedback can be eye-opening for course designers.

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