Remaking Higher Education

In this article from the October 2013 Issue of MSDN Magazine, David Platt discusses Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) from the point of view of a “creative destructor” as opposed to the “creatively destructed.” As with anything new that promises to be “better”, there are always pros and cons. Think about what MP3s have done to vinyl and what digital cameras have done to film. While the reason for using old technologies such as film and vinly may be as simple as nostalgia, money plays a key factor with MOOCs. I’ll be keeping an eye on this topic, but it seems like the trade-off amounts to losing the “college experience” for a significant reduction to tuition.


One thought on “Remaking Higher Education

  1. The equal access across class lines to quality courses facilitated by MOOCs is no small benefit. But the loss of the college experience is no small loss. Most of what you learn in traditional college years is serendipitous, a result of cross-pollination between people and courses and ideas that would never have crossed paths were it not for arbitrary meetings, talks, and collisions on college campuses. By analogy, this is what made the music scene of the late 1960s so vibrant – all these talented people were out on the street and in the community bumping into each other, creating random sparks in unpredictable places. No laser focus on course content in front of a computer can replace that (although you may well master a narrowly defined subject on the computer).


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