My opinion on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

The idea of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) seems to be a revolutionary one for higher education. The internet allows for ideas to be shared with relative ease almost immediately. Computer programs can handle tedious tasks such as grading papers and repeating information. These things allow for professors, teaching assistants and students to complete all necessary tasks that come with school in a much simpler way. However, I do not think that MOOCs are a sufficient alternative to the traditional classroom setting. For one thing, making something easier means that people are putting in less commitment. This makes dropping out much easier for people, and it shows. The dropout rates for students that join MOOCs can sometimes exceeed ninety percent. (Moore, Cengage Brain, 13) MOOCs would also cut out contact between professors and their students. (Acedeme Blog, 13) I believe that connection to be extremely important in learning, especially in specialized fields where expert testimony can be infinitely helpful for people looking to become a part of that field. On top of all of these things, cheating and distractions would be completely out of the hands of the teachers. MOOCs have been proven to be a cheap and effective alternative to traditional education methods (Newsom, News & Records, 13), I personally think that the negative effects outweigh the convenience. MOOC’s may be good for someone trying to learn something on there own or to review for a class, but I do not think they should ever replace college or a classroom setting. 

 

Newsom, J. (2013, October 13). MOOCs: Online courses might change face of higher education. News and Record. Retrieved from http://www.news-record.com/news/article_48f3fd9c-33b1-11e3-b180-0019bb30f31a.html

 

martinkinch. (2013, July 1). ONLINE EDUCATION IN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC HIGHER EDUCATION. Acedeme Blog. Retrieved from http://academeblog.org/2013/09/28/online-education-in-california-public-higher-education/
 
Claire Moore. (2013, July 29). MOOCs online courses: Free and open online courses may change the future of higher education. Cengage Brain. Retrieved from http://www.cengagebrain.com/blog/2013/07/moocs-online-courses-free-and-open-online-courses-may-change-the-future-of-higher-education/
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