Online Learning Update

February 23, 2013

Stop polarising the MOOCs debate

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:09 am

Cathy N Davidson, University World News

The academic conversation on MOOCs is starting to polarise in exactly the talking-past-one-another way that so many complex conversations evolve: with very smart points on either side, but not a lot of recognition that the validity of certain key points on one side does not undermine the validity of certain key points on the other. I regret this flattening of online learning into a simple binary of ‘politically and financially motivated greed’ on the one hand and ‘an opportunity to find out more about learning’ on the other. Some of both in different situations can be true.

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