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4 Professors Discuss Teaching Free Online Courses for Thousands of Students

What is it like to teach a free online course to tens of thousands of students? Dozens of professors are doing just that, experimenting with a format known as Massive Open Online Courses. And there are more providers than ever, some working with elite universities, and others that allow any professor to join in
The Chronicle asked four professors, teaching on different platforms, to share their thoughts on the experience so far. The responses are based on e-mail interviews, which have been condensed and edited for publication.

Peter Struck  David Evans  Margaret Soltan  Curtis Bonk

Full Text: 4 Professors Discuss Teaching Free Online Courses for Thousands of Students – Technology – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Business case? Na, open online courses are about learning

Will Massive Open Online Courses replace the conventional system? Probably not, but they can offer something different, says Bonnie Stewart

Forget the business case, open online courses are about learning

Massive Online Open Courses are not the solution to education in the 21st century – but they do offer something new. Photograph: Kim Hong-Ji/REUTERS

Ever since MITx was unveiled last December, futurists have been predicting what it might all mean for higher education. They’re calling it “The Great Disruption”, a brand name worthy of Nostradamus. The Globe and Mail says it’s about time. The Atlantic is envisioning a post-campus America.
For those of us actually enrolled in Massive Open Online Courses, though – or those like me who have enlisted both to teach and learn within these experimental course environments – this great disruption feels more like an augmentation than anything else.
Full article: Forget the business case, open online courses are about learning | Higher Education Network | Guardian Professional.