Infographic: To MOOC, or not to MOOC

To MOOC, or not to MOOC
Source: TopCollegesOnline.org

MOOCs are hot, but is the sizzle about to fizzle?

A short history of distance learning:

  • 1890s: Correspondence Courses
  • 1920: 4 million people took correspondence courses
  • 1993: Jones International University becomes first online U. [in the world]
  • 2006: Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) coined in 2008 by Canadians Dave Cormier and Bryan Alexander

2012: The MOOC market explodes:

  • 5 million: number of students enrolled in Coursera. 325 courses offered.
  • $63 million: total amount of investment funding in Coursera
  • 1.6 million students in 200 countries enrolled in Udacity. 26 courses offered.
  • 370,000: first year enrollment in edX. Offers 94 courses
  • $60 million: funding amount for edX, an MIT and Harvard project

Some new MOOCs: :

  • San Francisco-based NovoEd is now offering courses directly from Stanford Business School.
  • Berlin-based iversity is offering a wide range of courses from European educational institutions.
  • Edraak, will be a MOOC portal for the Arab world
  • In China – XuetangX
  • France: Universite Numerique

Countries of origin: [where the MOOCs are coming from] :

  • U.S.: 28%
  • U.K. 11%
  • India: 4.6%
  • Brazil: 4.5%
  • Canada: 4%
  • Spain: 3.9%
  • Australia: 3.5%
  • Greece: 2.2 %
  • Russia: 1.9%
  • Germany: 1.8%

Why all the investment interest? :

  • 2 billion potential learners around the world
  • More than 70 percent of them cannot afford a college degree
  • $400 billion: amount of money spent annually in U.S. on universities
  • The $400 billion: more than the annual revenues of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter combined.
  • 10 million: number of students who have taken at least one MOOC

FACT: mooc.org: Google is teaming up with EdX, to create mooc.org — a You Tube for MOOCs. It will be open to everyone, including businesses, governments, and private individuals.

BUT: 30% of employers believe a MOOC course represents a valid completion – Even so, that’s a major achievement.

To MOOC: :

  • Most MOOCs are free or nearly free, a definite plus for the student.
  • Provides a solution to overcrowding.
  • Forces professors to improve lectures.
  • Creates a dynamic archive.
  • MOOCS are real college courses, complete with tests and grades.
  • Brings people together from all over the world.
  • Allows teachers to make the most of classroom time in blended classes. In a “flipped classroom,” teachers send students home with assignments to listen to or watch a recorded lecture

Or not to MOOC:

  • It’s not about you, it’s about Money, Money, honey
  • The motivation behind MOOCs is corporate profiteering.
  • It’s part of a cost-cutting agenda to privatize public higher education
  • MOOCs are the leading edge of the Wal-Martification of higher education.
  • MOOCs create a two-tier education system.
  • A “real” education for those who can afford to pay
  • A bargain basement education for those able to only afford online options
  • MOOCs are inferior
  • they lack interpersonal exchange
  • MOOCs are mechanistic
  • education’s core values reducing to a mechanistic information-delivery process
  • MOOCs are suffering from innovation exhaustion
  • The sizzle will fizzle
  • 93: failure rate percentage of students enrolled in MOOCs
  • 150,000 to 1. Student to teacher ratio. Is that any way to learn? Grading papers is impossible.

That is the question.

Universities (paid) fight back:

Top 10 elite schools ALSO offer MOOCs

  • Udemy: professors from universities like Dartmouth, the University of Virginia and Northwestern
  • iTunes U: Apple’s free app “gives students access to all the materials for courses in a single place.
  • Stanford:
  • FACT: 160,000 students from 190 countries signed up to Stanford’s Introduction to AI” course, with 23,000 reportedly completing.
  • UC Berkeley
  • MIT
  • Duke
  • Harvard
  • UCLA
  • Open Yale
  • Carnegie Mellon

And now there are
SPOCs: Small Private Online Courses :

  • New B-to-B concept: license online courses to a university or an organization or corporation.
  • Colorado State Global Campus, first to offer SPOCs
  • SPOCs have 17-25 students