Online Courses: Technology’s Educational Value or Possibilities of Lower Costs?

Are MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)  the answer to our pedagogical shortcomings?
Are MOOCs due to the technology’s intrinsic educational value or to the seductive possibilities of lower costs?

A MOOC is massive open online course; it is a tuition-free course taught over the Web to a large number of students.The current wave  of MOOCs started in the fall of 2011 when about 450,000 students signed up for three computer-science courses offered by Stanford University.

Many leading U.S. universities now offer MOOCs, either on their own or in partnership with some of these companies, even though no business model has emerged for MOOC-based education.

Though the absence of serious pedagogy in MOOCs ( their essential feature being short, unsophisticated video chunks, online quizzes, with social networking,etc) is rather striking, however, the bitter truth is that academic pedagogy has never been very good.

So, are MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)  the answer to our pedagogical shortcomings?

After years of college tuition escalating faster than inflation, the very value of college education is being seriously questioned. In this environment, the prospect of higher education at a dramatically reduced cost is simply irresistible.

Excerpts from “Will MOCs Destroy Academia?”. Read the complete article here.

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