“Like lemmings, too many American colleges are mindlessly rushing out to find a way to deliver online education, and more and more often they are choosing Coursera. The company, founded this year by two Stanford University computer scientists, has already enrolled more than two million students, has engaged 33 academic institutions as partners, and is offering more than 200 free massive open online courses, or MOOC’s. A college’s decision to jump on the Coursera bandwagon is aided—and eased—by knowing that academic heavyweights like Harvard, Stanford, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are already on board… In our haste to join the academic alphas, many of us are forgoing the reflection necessary to enter this new medium.”
MOOCs are pretty popular these days. This is a good article about whether it’s a good idea for all higher ed institutions or not, but also forewarns about jumping in too fast.
See on chronicle.com