Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Does Anybody Remember MOOCs?

They were all anybody who wrote about education would talk about for awhile. Where did that all go?

Apparently administrators finally figured out that a "course in a box" actually costs a lot of money, that it doesn't scale nearly as well as they hoped, that they are a substitute for "learning from a book" not "learning from a person," and you can't charge $50,000 per year tuition simply because your prestigious name will be on the online course degree.

I knew all of this because I saw people experimenting with online courses...15 years ago. The technology, except maybe easy use of video (you could use video, it was just a bit more of a pain), was all there then...