Online Learning Update

April 29, 2012

Proto-MOOC (Massive Open Online-learning Course) Stays the Course

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

By Steve Kolowich, Inside Higher Ed

The most provocative aspect of massively open online courses, or MOOCs, is how massive they can be. Last fall, several Stanford professors drew nearly 200,000 students to a series of free computer science courses, an experiment that spawned two companies. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology opened its first massive online engineering course this spring to the tune of 120,000 registrations. But for Jim Groom, an instructional technologist and adjunct professor at the University of Mary Washington, open online courses are not about scale and efficiency. They are about imagination and anarchy.

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