Online Learning Update

June 29, 2013

Penn State Associate Professor of English Stuart Selber on MOOCs

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:01 am

by Usman Zafar Paracha, Technorati

We are not certain about the future of MOOCs but we can expect different forms of MOOCs in the future, Selber said. “That is, these courses won’t end up being just one thing. Some will be free, others will charge. Some will offer credit (in various forms); others will provide relatively little feedback and assessment. Some will serve traditional students; others will focus on working professionals or on those interested in enrichment. The types that emerge at any particular school will be a function of larger social, political, and economic contexts.” The bottom line, according to Selber, is we should curtail the hysteria about MOOCs destroying or saving the American college campus. And if you have trouble thinking rationally about it, you could always turn to the Duke MOOC, “A Beginner’s Guide to Irrational Behavior.”

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