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.