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The Promise of MOOCs
You know it's important when Thomas Friedman writes about it, and in this case, glowingly:
Nothing has more potential to unlock a billion more brains to solve the world’s biggest problems. And nothing has more potential to enable us to reimagine higher education than the massive open online course, or MOOC, platforms that are being developed by the likes of Stanford and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and companies like Coursera and Udacity.... I can see a day soon where you’ll create your own college degree by taking the best online courses from the best professors from around the world — some computing from Stanford, some entrepreneurship from Wharton, some ethics from Brandeis, some literature from Edinburgh — paying only the nominal fee for the certificates of completion. It will change teaching, learning and the pathway to employment. “There is a new world unfolding,” said Reif, “and everyone will have to adapt.”
Fellow Teachers College alumna, Regina Saphier, got me thinking with her blog-post, when she suggested that Coursera courses could be audition platforms for university applicants. Similarly, I thought, why not start a Micro-MOOC(tm) series (60- or 90- minute, or half-, or one-day MOOCs) taught by technical and business superstars at IBM, for example, in Data Analytics, Cloud Computing...and do talent-scouting/recruiting from among the most interestingly participatory attendees?
Like Thomas Friedman and Regina Saphier, I see huge promise, which is already being delivered by MOOCs.