This is a really succinct and focused take on MOOCs and their possible benefits. Added bonus – no hype and no products.
By Jim Shimabukuro
In a video interview, Jonathan Moules1 asks Simon Nelson, CEO of FutureLearn, some tough questions about the current state of MOOCs. Noules’ questions caught my attention:
- “How much of an issue is it that most of the people signed up for FutureLearn and other online education platforms already have a degree?”
- “What’s more important, is it broadening access to millions of people across the planet to education or is it about making money?”
- “How do you make money from online education?”
- “A criticism of online education has been that a lot of people signing up for these courses don’t complete them. Do you see that as a challenge?”
And I found Nelson’s responses succinct, clear, practical, and informed.
As much as these questions and responses are enlightening, however, I can’t help but feel that they continue to pigeonhole MOOCs as fascinating but peripheral, impractical…
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