What's Next? After the MOOC Hype

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As the hype cycle around MOOCs drops, the question of what narratives will survive and thrive around MOOCs opens up. This keynote panel presentation for #MRI13 suggests there are two solitudes in the …

As the hype cycle around MOOCs drops, the question of what narratives will survive and thrive around MOOCs opens up. This keynote panel presentation for #MRI13 suggests there are two solitudes in the post-MOOC-hype discussion - one an empty picture of undeliverable promises for higher ed, and the other a loose affiliation of complicated and sometimes conflicting interests. The lot of us on the latter side need to learn to talk to each other, to the public, and to decision-makers.

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  • 1. The Hype that Ate Itself h"p://www.flickr.com/photos/gforsythe/8028605773/  
  • 2. …but what has it left us?
  • 3. The system of higher ed is in shift
  • 4. Two Solitudes Media Discourse •  •  •  •  •  Disruption Replacement Transformation Tsunami Free Practitioners’ Discourse •  •  •  •  •  Connection Pedagogy Hybrid options Institution-specific Fit to purpose
  • 5. “we have a lousy product”
  • 6. Pandora’s Box h"p://www.flickr.com/photos/felmarah/5078680202  
  • 7. 1. The ‘education is broken’ refrain
  • 8. 2. A consensus that massive student debt is not tenable
  • 9. 3. A recognition that education as a system CAN be unbundled …and may need to rebundle in new, unfamiliar ways
  • 10. 4. A discourse of solutions and delivery
  • 11. 5. A decline in public funding
  • 12. 6. Openness to online
  • 13. Media discourse around MOOCs is not equipped to actually grapple with ANY of these issues
  • 14. h"p://www.flickr.com/photos/scorpio58/4067099731  
  • 15. But unicorns do not die.
  • 16. MOOCs embody digital practices Harness & contribute to knowledge abundance Are participatory Are networked Are distributed Generate knowledge & connections that extend beyond course Share the processes of knowledge work, not just the products
  • 17. Established power interests & marketization   h"p://www.flickr.com/photos/midgro22/6299926854  
  • 18. “When colleges and universities become a market, there is no incentive to teach what customer would rather not know. When colleges are in the business of making customers comfortable, we are all poorer for it.” - T. MacMillan Cottom, Slate, Dec 2013
  • 19. Behind door #1… h"p://www.flickr.com/photos/noiseprofessor/8270908219  
  • 20. Behind door #2…& #3 & #4 h"p://www.flickr.com/photos/wiccked/133164205  
  • 21. What counts as education? Who is it for? Who is it meant to benefit? What are its goals?  
  • 22. We need to have these conversations in public
  • 23. What’s your vision? Thank you. @bonstewart