If MOOCs are the answer, what is the question?
The academic conversation on MOOCs is starting to polarize in exactly the talking-past-one-another way that so many complex conversations evolve: with very smart points on either side but not a lot of recognition that the validity of certain key points on one side does not undermine the validity of certain key points on the other. I regret this flattening of online learning into a simple binary of “politically and financially motivated greed” on the one hand and “an opportunity to find out more about learning” on the other. Some of both in different situations can be true.
Humanities, Arts, science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC)