100 MOOCs in November

A quick note: 100 MOOCS are getting underway this November, and you can peruse the many different free educational opportunities by visiting our comprehensive list of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), which we curated this month with the generous help of ClassCentral.com. Here’s a quick sample of what’s on tap:

If you’re watching how MOOCs are playing out, you might want to read the New Yorker’s recent article, Will MOOCs Be Flukes?. It documents how “enthusiasm for MOOCs has waned in the past year.” The problem lies in MOOCs very design. By their very nature, MOOCs are “massive and open, which means that it can be easy to get lost in them.” As a result, MOOC “completion rates are abysmal.” Although some well-educated, self-motivated students have succeeded in completing these courses, MOOCs have not been “effective at serving the students who needed educational resources the most.” The financially and geographically disadvantaged. In other words, the very people MOOCs were supposed to help. Click here to read the New Yorker piece and its suggestion for getting the MOOC project back on track.

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