So, this week, I was supposed to start 2 x MOOCs – I can see they are both going well, but as I’m about to have a week off, didn’t manage to start (yet) and won’t next week…
- Moocs hotly debated at Battle of Ideas
The future of massive open online courses – whether as a new academic horizon or a chance to “get rid of the duff scholars” – was debated at this year’s Battle of Ideas Festival, held on 19 and 20 October.
- Futurelearn is Go
“This is very much an experimental period where we put the platform and the first courses out there, see what the reaction is and work out the areas where we should focus our efforts on improvement,” he said, adding that the initial courses – and the FutureLearn platform itself – are “in beta”, meaning that the version in operation is not the finished article.
- Moocs are a good alternative to books
Although my use of Moocs in the classroom will continue, I have no plans to accede to requests to record my own lectures. I tell my students that they don’t need to watch me again when they could be exposed to the views of other experts. Besides, when I am in the classroom, I am live. I am still a scarce and valuable commodity. It is not so easy to stop and rewind me.