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  1. Brian Hosier
    June 5, 2012 - 3:28 pm

    While MOOCs are still being evaluated and even rejected by much of traditional higher ed, the quote by Paul LeBlanc should be a warning to all of us that in most disrupted industries, the “new kid on the block” is often a product with inferior quality that doesn’t fit the existing market. However, as the rest of the world continues to struggle to provide an education to their populations, MOOCs are continuing to gather a global following.

    MOOCs pose some compelling opportunities for governments, alumni-donors, and students to reduce the overall cost of an education. No surprise to all of us that increasing competition from global markets – yes, even in education – could pose a threat to conventional education in North America. Increasingly, adult students are pursuing online degrees from institutions in another country as barriers of geography are eliminated. America currently leads the MOOC evolution but that could easily shift as other countries recognize their potential to offer a cost-effective education.

    While the MOOC “experiment” continues to play out, the educational technologies and practices will continue to evolve. In the near future, as Learning Management Systems become more capable and scalable, the potential to provide an effective “learner-based” education will be there through MOOCs. In the same way that blended learning involving both classroom and online has been shown to be effective, MOOC courses from other institutions – included as part of the recognized curriculum, could be included as part of a university’s program.

    Who wouldn’t want to get a local college degree that included online courses from Harvard and Stanford as part of the program?

  2. Rita Kop (Welsh Cloggy)
    June 7, 2012 - 6:43 am

    Hi Tony. I don’t have exact figures for place of residence for participants to PLENK 2010 (1600 participants, organized by Stephen downes, George ave cormier and me), but here a google map produced by one of the participants that shows where people live, and you can see that it differs substantially with demographics from the Stanford’s course.

    • Tony Bates
      June 7, 2012 - 4:02 pm

      Hi, Rita

      What a great way to show participants! Many thanks for this.

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