Wanted to start this topic and move comments here to keep things organized. ( is it any wonder I’m having a hard time with the perceived lack of organization in the MOOC?)
I attended the lecture with Dr. Tony Bates and was happily surprised at the quality of the content, as well as the interaction. If you’ve not watched the replay I would encourage you to do so.
Two references may be helpful:
I was shocked by his statement that Coursera failed to do any research on peer review – before building it into their model! That was an eye-opener.
Another take-away for me was that some of the large, highly-publicized MOOCs are like watching History TV – quality lectures that you may or may not watch. You watch as long as you like, take away what you want, come and go as you please. My question was, of course, why NOT just create a television channel with these quality lectures on them and keep it out there. Why call it a course?
I have a lot of other reactions to some of the content, but I’ll save those thoughts for later blog posts. Enjoy the discussion below…