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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