The Real Legacy of MOOCs: Better Introductory Courses (PBS)


In a PBS opinion piece, Dartmouth’s Joshua Kim writes about how MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) will affect education. “This will not be a story about open online learning replacing traditional bricks-and-mortar institutions or of one superstar professor replacing the teaching of thousands of others,” says Kim, the director of digital learning initiatives.

“Instead, the real impact of MOOCs will be felt far away from the open online edX or Coursera courses. The real impact of MOOCs will be found in the traditional introductory course.

“Large-enrollment introductory courses will evolve from the hit-or-miss experience, one characterized by wide variation in both quality and student success, to a more standardized and consistent quality learning experience. Legacy methods of passive lecture-based learning will be rapidly replaced by more active and experiential learning opportunities,” writes Kim.

Read the full opinion piece, published 8/27/14 by PBS.

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