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ERIC Number: EJ1017290
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0748-8475
Confessions of an Unreconstructed MOOC(h)er
Schweizer, Bernard
Thought & Action, v29 p61-68 Fall 2013
This author is dropping out from the first college course he has taken in more than 20 years. As a tenured professor, he obviously does not have much to lose from this decision. On the other hand, nobody really seems to care anyway whether he is participating or not. He has been MOOC(h)ing of late. Definition of this lovely neologism? Taking part in a massive open online course (MOOC) without paying the sweat equity required to finish it--in other words, going along for the ride. He enrolled in "Composition I: Achieving Expertise," taught by Duke University's Denise Comer and offered free to students through Coursera, to see how it works and to be part of this "historic" moment--the first English composition offered by a MOOC. In this article, the author offers his opinion on the course and on MOOC's overall.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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