Lots of MOOC Buzz in @timeshighered

MOOC's (Massive Online Open Course) is a word being bandied around in higher education more and more over the last couple of years: Moocs are already big - in reach and in hype - and are predicted to explode. Zoë Corbyn checks in to learn if they are more than just a novelty and to find out what it's like to teach a class of 38,000 Kristin Sainani, clinical assistant professor in health policy at…

MOOCs Galore?

Interested to know more about MOOCs: Depending on who you believe, massive open online courses (Moocs) are variously the bright future of university education, its onrushing nemesis, or just about anything on the spectrum in between. The basic structure of a Mooc is simple: a company or institution sets up a website where prospective students can register and peruse a list of courses. Once they have found one they like, they can sign up and…

Quality or Quantity? MOOCs?

Well, I wouldn't say throw the baby out with the bathwater, but... The proliferation of massive open online courses (Moocs) is spreading "lousy pedagogy" and doing damage to the image of online learning, the chief information officer of the first UK university to sign up to one of the best-known Mooc platforms has said. Jeff Haywood, who is also vice-principal for knowledge management at the University of Edinburgh, told a conference that although Moocs had…

Lectures on their way out? MOOCs in?

Interesting thoughts on lectures and MOOCs But we also thought lectures were redundant. Indeed, one star performer, A.J.P. Taylor, who attracted vast audiences to his television lectures, too, told us so, although we all suspected that he did so only to prove himself wrong by telling us all sorts of things we would not find in books and would not hear from tutors. The thought was obvious enough: the Gutenberg Revolution had rendered lectures redundant…

Virtually It's Our Best Shot @timeshighered

Interesting story. E-learning allows universities to reach more people, to improve their teaching and, potentially, to keep costs down. It also offers a way forward for the Western academy, argues John Hennessy No topic in higher education is more hotly debated today than online education. Much of the conversation and speculation revolves around "massive open online courses" (MOOCs), on which hundreds of thousands of students have enrolled. But MOOCs are just one part of a…