16 January 2013
I had no opportunity to participate in Hangout from 15 January, since I was organizing and attending a public session on web accessibilities.
In the meantime, I’ve listened to the recording in Google+ OLDS MOOC, which I’ve commented.
I only started last year participating in MOOCs and I found them an exciting experience and a promising opportunity to engage more people across the world.
At the beginning of the Hangout, an issue was raised, whether MOOCs weren’t adding to the digital divide. Yishar said, and I agree, that in fact it’s a selected population that access MOOCs, so far, because you need a certain level of technological competence and need access to the media.
But on the other hand, we hope this will change in the future, and hope that more and more people have access technology, because MOOCs are open and free and that’s a great thing.
In one of the Google+ communities that have been opened in the scope of OLDS MOOC, a colleague has shared a link to a recent provocative article by Cathy Davidson about the role of teachers and the reform of HE – http://hastac.org/blogs/cathy-davidson/2013/01/13/if-we-profs-dont-reform-higher-ed-well-be-re-formed-and-we-wont-it-s. At a certain point she says and I quote:
Too many students worldwide want to go to college to be able to accommodate them all. This is one of the valid and important reasons for Massive Online Open Education. There is simply no way that existing institutions of higher education worldwide are designed to meet the needs of millions of people who need the advanced skills, training, and complex thinking that higher education offers and that our digital age demands.
I recall an intervention of Sir John Daniel about the search for education worldwide
I wish the public HE can find a way to offer quality education and still be able to survive financially. I believe that online learning (and MOOCs) can be the answer for this need for education across the world. He refers to Tony Bates studies on HE and I’m a follower of his writings. This is a serious intervention with a certain amount of humour