Online Learning Update

July 12, 2013

Self-service learning

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

by Alastair Creelman, Corridor of Uncertainty

Comparing MOOCs to regular courses is a bit like self-service compared to table service. All the ingredients are in there and you make your own way through the material on your own or in the company of friends. If you have questions there’s generally no responsible member of staff available to answer but often someone else in the queue can help since they’ve eaten here before. The food is generally good but it’s up to you how you compose your meal and there’s not much guidance available. Some people don’t take a full 3-course meal and some only drop in for a coffee but everyone is welcome to drop in when they can. It’s much cheaper than a restaurant with table service and highly trained staff and is perfectly adequate in many circumstances. But sometimes we want that special treatment, advice, quality, atmosphere, comfort and exclusivity and we’re willing to pay for it. It’s not a question of one or the other but they both fill important roles.

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