Mechanical MOOCs

In earlier posts we have shared information on MOOCs. In a recent New York Times article, “Free Online Course Will Rely on Multiple Sites,” Tamar Lewin reports that new courses are being constructed that will not need an instructor. The instructor will be replaced by blending content from several free online resources, such as M.I.T.‘s free courseware, OpenCourseWare, Codecademy‘s online exercises and quizzes, and OpenStudy. P2P University will assist in the coordination of the course.

A high number of students can be included in each mechanical online course. However, students can be assigned to smaller groups for a better learning experience.

I continue to believe that there is a place for institutions in higher education to be places that students can come for guidance  directions, interpretation, and learning through the institution’s service of being a platform to design, refine, and provide a platform for on-going learning and degree completion, similar to Google U.

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About David San Filippo, Ph.D.

I am David San Filippo. I am an educator and consultant in the fields of business and human science. My business expertise are in the areas of leadership, ethics, vocational consulting, and Social Security Disability representation. My human science areas of expertise and interest are interpersonal communication, ethics, loss & bereavement, human consciousness, death & dying, and near-death experiences.
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One Response to Mechanical MOOCs

  1. Tyson says:

    I do like the fact that these classes open opportunities for those who can’t attend traditional campuses. The down-side is that this eliminates the face-to-face human interaction and learning that can occur–a very necessary education that can’t be taught in MOOCS <—my opinion.

    There's a new resource for free online classes. I'm enrolled in a couple right now. Seems good so far: Coursera.org @ 120 courses to this date.

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