MOOCs: Insights, Concerns
and Praise
Dr. John F. Ebersole
President
Excelsior College
Albany, NY
<jebersole@excelsior.edu>
Excelsior College
 Created by Regents of the State of New
York in 1971
 Specialize in degree completion
 Acceptance of ...
MOOCs & Excelsior
 No credit toward degree requirements
 Why?
- Few learning outcome assessments
- No use of psychometri...
Signs of Concern
 Breath taking attrition
(concern = instructional design)
 Little interest in credit
 Pearson/VUE & CS...
Things MOOCs Do Well
#1: Continuing professional education
#2: Faculty “brand building”
#3: Institutional “brand building”...
Solving the Credit Problem
 Need for psychometrically valid
 Secure, third-party administration
 Security for assessmen...
Power & Potential of MOOCs
 Highly efficient
 Open access to knowledge
 Right “price” for many
 One-half of population...
Summary
 Great promise
 Doing much well
 Work to be done
 Attend to credibility of MOOCs as a source
of learning
Questions?
Questions?
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MOOCs - A Tata Interactive Systems Webinar - July 2013

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A short presentation by Dr. John Ebersole (President, Excelsior College) during the webinar titled 'Why MOOCs matter?' held by Tata Interactive Systems on 19th July, 2013

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MOOCs - A Tata Interactive Systems Webinar - July 2013

  1. 1. MOOCs: Insights, Concerns and Praise Dr. John F. Ebersole President Excelsior College Albany, NY <jebersole@excelsior.edu>
  2. 2. Excelsior College  Created by Regents of the State of New York in 1971  Specialize in degree completion  Acceptance of transfer and non-collegiate learning through validation
  3. 3. MOOCs & Excelsior  No credit toward degree requirements  Why? - Few learning outcome assessments - No use of psychometric assessment instruments - Weak student authentication & proctoring - No exam/assessment security
  4. 4. Signs of Concern  Breath taking attrition (concern = instructional design)  Little interest in credit  Pearson/VUE & CSU/CAEL experience
  5. 5. Things MOOCs Do Well #1: Continuing professional education #2: Faculty “brand building” #3: Institutional “brand building” (especially outside U.S.) #4: Program promotion #5: R&D #6: Degree completion (for some) (TBD)
  6. 6. Solving the Credit Problem  Need for psychometrically valid  Secure, third-party administration  Security for assessment  Need for size in exam item pool
  7. 7. Power & Potential of MOOCs  Highly efficient  Open access to knowledge  Right “price” for many  One-half of population of developing countries under age 24
  8. 8. Summary  Great promise  Doing much well  Work to be done  Attend to credibility of MOOCs as a source of learning
  9. 9. Questions?
  10. 10. Questions?

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