Massive Open Online Courses are also called MOOCs. Tens of thousands, or even more people can 1 these classes all at once. You can be anywhere in the world to take a MOOC. All you need is a 2 and a network connection.
MOOCs add to a tradition of what is known as 3 learning. For years, many colleges have offered classes that are taught 4 or mostly online. MOOCs are available in subjects like computer science or engineering, which work quite well. But can MOOCs in subjects like arts be as 5 as the old teaching approach?
Scott Anderson teaches philosophy at the University of British Columbia in Canada. He sees both good and 6 sides to MOOCs. “There are parts that will be fine, mostly when students listen to a 7 , there is no special reason why they need to be 8 present to hear and get it,” says Mr. Anderson. Increased numbers of students in MOOCs can mean 9 communication between them and teachers. He says two ways to deal with this are by adding more teachers and 10 up online discussion groups.
Lisa Jadwin, who teaches English and writing at St. John Fisher College in New York, says that online education has some weakness for her subjects. What’s 11 in online education is face – to – face interaction, for example, the teaching of English is a face – to – face 12 practice. So the old approach is not going to be 13 very quickly by computer – aided instruction.
Bill Pogue teaches communications at the University of Houston – downtown. He says that after leading classes for more than 30 years, he would not attempt to teach a MOOC. However, Mr. Pogue sees good 14 in online education. He noted a strong sense of community in an online course he once took. He said the students could work 15 on the same project while living in different regions.