ERIC Number: EJ997482
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct-26
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"University Unbound" Rebounds: Can MOOCs "Educate" as Well as Train?
New England Journal of Higher Education, Oct 2012
In the days since NEBHE convened hundreds of educators and opinion leaders in Boston for the "University Unbound" conference, people have received a surge of reactions including the one from George McCully, founder of the "Catalogue for Philanthropy." NEBHE has begun focusing the attention of New England institutions on the MOOC movement, which will affect them all. Already, within months of their public debut, MOOCs and related "disruptive" models are widely considered to be global game-changers in higher education. MOOCs (massive open online courses) promote modern STEM culture electronically and instantaneously, free of charge, in English, to every corner of the globe, to everyone on Earth with access to the Internet and the desire, will, and capacity to utilize it. What MOOCs demonstrably do best is "knowledge-development" and "skills-development"--that is, technical "training," "certification," and "accreditation." No other system has shown greater power and promise in these areas than MOOCs. However, the author argues that it is not the same as "education."
Descriptors: Online Courses, STEM Education, Higher Education, Accreditation (Institutions), Large Group Instruction, Class Size
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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