Today, Jason and Kevin talk about MOOCs. You might be wondering: What’s a MOOC? I can assure you it’s not a horned animal from Middle Earth, nor is it something Sarah Palin shoots from helicopters. MOOCs are massive, open online courses. They give some promise to our higher education system in need of reform. But MOOCs aren’t perfect, and they certainly won’t replace traditional higher education anytime soon.
- The MOOC Kevin’s participating in right now, discussed on the show: Coursera.org Social Psychology
- What You Need to Know About MOOCs, from The Chronicle of Higher Education: http://chronicle.com/article/What-You-Need-to-Know-About/133475/ (Includes most of the studies and data we discussed in the show.)
- College Unbound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students by Jeffrey J. Selingo – this is the book that got Kevin thinking about the flexibility MOOCs could offer returning students and working professionals.
- Western Governor’s University – a competency-based online university that is NOT a for-profit school. Seems a good model for flexible options beyond MOOCs.