MOOCs Are Still Dead

Few people would now be willing to argue that massive open online courses are the future of higher education. The percentage of institutions offering a MOOC seems to be leveling off, at around 14 percent, while suspicions persist that MOOCs will not generate money or reduce costs for universities—and are not, in fact, sustainable.

Everybody who is actually working in education (as opposed to blabbing stupidly about it) have been saying this only from the beginning of the MOOC idiocy.

The problem is that all you need to understand that MOOCs are hopeless is to be a teacher. But it’s very hard to explain to a non-teacher why this was a dead-end project from the start. You can’t scale teaching. Just like you can’t scale dentistry, no matter what Dr.Phil with his online clinics will tell you. You can only teach when looking people in the eye and engaging with them as individuals. 

One of the greatest principles of teaching is: if you don’t know a student’s name, you aren’t really teaching him.

One thought on “MOOCs Are Still Dead

  1. Yes. The rise and fall of MOOCS is why I ultimately feel that education will be OK in the US. The homeschooling trend will die once a bunch of maladjusted adults are unleashed into the work place; the “PRACTICAL MAJORS ONLY” trend will die once business majors flood the workplace with no noticeable skills; the humanities will come roaring back once an entire generation graduates with so-called practical degrees and realize that they could have engaged in a deep and pleasurable contemplation of the beautiful and gotten the same job. And ultimately, I think American voters are going to reject politicians who plan to destroy education. We are going through a scary period right now but I think things will be OK in the future. I hope so anyway.


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