MOOC Justification

MOOC Justification

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MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses) are very trendy in higher education right now. Like most trends, the excitement will likely die down and they’ll eventually find a useful spot in education. Still, right now there’s an awful lot of people trying to justify their existence.

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BEARD: A MOOC? How am I supposed to teach an online class to ten thousand students at once? Where is the personal interaction? How do I motivate students to learn?

CZAR: Students are self motivated to learn. You can use a variety of tools to teach them. You could use videos, ebooks, wikis, chat rooms, and a lot more.
BEARD: But then isn't that just the Internet? Don't they already pay for that?

CZAR: How is that any different than libraries? Kids could always learn without us!
BEARD: Good thing they're still too stupid to know that when they get to us, huh?

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