News:

Sebastian Thrun, godfather of the massive open online course, has quietly spread a plastic tarp on the floor, nudged his most famous educational invention into the center, and is about to pull the trigger. Thrun—former Stanford superprofessor, Silicon Valley demigod, and now CEO of online-course purveyor Udacity—just admitted to Fast Company’s openly smitten Max Chafkin that his company’s courses are often a “lousy product.”

Ref: http://www.slate.com/articles/life/education/2013/11/sebastian_thrun_and_udacity_distance_learning_is_unsuccessful_for_most_students.html

I have a computer with an Internet connection and time. I have benefited from two “elite” courses a four year B.Sc. honours degree in Psychology funded by a UK government grant (1982 – 1986); an MA in social work funded by the London Probation Service. I have never paid for education. I believe education at least to degree level should be free. Are MOOCs a flash in the pan? I hope not. The organisation of the edcmooc is excellent. The structure of having blocks of topics with videos and papers, the forums and the hangouts all have contributed to a complete course. There are some 22k enrolled students. And I love it. Lets look at what a MOOC is:

And then:

A key feature for me is FOCUS at the moment As th3e course progresses my focus has waned. I am now dragging it back. The comments I have received through my subscribed email threads have lessened. Are people losing focus? From the 22k enrolled is their a drop off in the third week?


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