Massive open online courses have made quite the stir in the higher education market, and even in some corporate circles. We’re just coming off a summer where it seemed like you couldn’t go a week without seeing MOOCs in the headlines. First, it was news that Ed Tech company and MOOC platform Coursera raised $43 million in venture capital funding. Then, Blackboard announced it was jumping on the MOOC bandwagon by offering a dedicated, purpose-built MOOC platform. And finally, the news that San Jose State University would pause its partnership with Udacity, another MOOC platform operator, after poor student performance. Those results have been called into question as recently as last week when results from the summer MOOC courses were released and showed marked improvements.
We’ve assembled an expert panel to talk through all of these moving parts in the world of MOOCs: Kevin Currie, executive director of Northeastern Online, Curtis Bonk, professor of education at Indiana University, and Craig Weiss, founder of E-Learning 24/7. Topics of discussion include:
- Current MOOC landscape
- Technology improvements from past three decades that led to massive open online courses
- Implications of big data and predictive analytics on MOOCs
- Use of MOOC-like platforms in a corporate setting
- Sustainability of a freemium-based platform
- The impact that MOOCs should have in higher education