Distance Education “Composition through the
medium of the post” 1833 (see Simonson et al, p. 37) Frederick Jackson Turner: U of Wisc: correspondence late 1800 Anna Eliot Ticknor: Society to Encourage Studies at Home, 1873
Increasing diversity of student profiles
The U.S. is now in a position when less than half of students could be considered fulltime students. In other words, students who can attend campus five days a week nine-to-five, are now a minority. (Bates, 2013)
Favours women over men More
learners as % (up to 60%) Average entrance age increasing Top three countries for entering students: China, India, USA Traditional science courses waning in popularity Greater international student OECD 2013
1. Most MOOCs don’t prepare
learners to create, generate, solve, innovate We need stuff that stirs the soul. (learning to code to optimize web clicks does not address society’s most pressing challenges)
What should MOOCs do? a.
Respond to learning needs of society that universities are missing b. Prepare learners for complex knowledge activities to address growing and urgent needs of society Currently do a) but not b)
MIT OpenCourseWare makes the materials
used in the teaching of almost all of MIT's subjects available on the Web, free of charge. With more than 2,000 courses available, OCW is delivering on the promise of open sharing of knowledge.
All content or other materials
available on the Sites, including but not limited to code, images, text, layouts, arrangements, displays, illustrations, audio and video clips, HTML files and other content are the property of Coursera and/or its affiliates or licensors and are protected by copyright, patent and/or other proprietary intellectual property rights under the United States and foreign laws.
MOOCs Now reach 7+ million
learners (side note, over 21 million distance learners) Hundreds of millions of $$ invested Hundreds/thousands of academics involved Media exposure in mainstream publications Learning/education is now a prominent public conversation