Feb 062012
 

+Graham Attwell : "The truth seems to be that the MOOC model has taken hold. My only concern is that in adopting such a model for large scale commercial application by large and often private American universities, the values and dedication of people like +Stephen Downes and +George Siemens who pioneered the early MOOCs will be lost and such courses will just become an industrial treadmill for students."

My concern exactly, especially since these courses seem to ignore all the past history of learning at a distance and learning online.

John Naughton is one of the most thoughtful of mainstream newspaper writers on new media. Although aa academic at the UK Open University, his regular Guardian newspaper column covers a wide range of different issues.
His article yesterday, entitled Welcome to the desktop degree…, predicted the end of the road for the universities in sitting back and hoping their monopoly on accreditation would guarantee an unending throughput of students.
If all …

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