MOOCs….Changing Higher Education and Replacing Colleges?

MOOCs are Massive Open Online Courses. These are online courses taught by professors. MOOcs can change higher education because they are “a cheap, high-quality alternative to expensive, exclusive universities (Newsom, 2013).” They can also change higher order education because it is a convenient way, for anyone with an internet connection, to learn. Instead of people walking or driving to class, all they have to do is sit in front of a computer. According to the Huffington Post “But education is not simply about content delivery. Education is about inspiration. It’s about lighting a fire in the mind (and maybe the belly too). Call me skeptical, but I don’t think a MOOC can do that (Astore, 2013).” I believe that online education cannot replace college because I feel as if someone is not truly learning if they are just listening to a video or reading something online. I believe teaching is more effective with a professor in front of you lecturing, trying to engage the class. I also feel as if you are learning directly from a computer, that it is more facilitating in being distracted by social networking. If you are writing out notes in a class, it is not as distracting. There are also more chances for plagiarism in online courses and cheating because the professor is not sitting there watching you take the test .”In hand-grading the midterm, Professor Duneier and his assistants found that about 3 percent of the students had plagiarized from Wikipedia, lecture notes or other sources — and that two students with the same last name submitted identical answers (Lewin, 2012).” Overall, I don’t think MOOCs will turn out to be very effective.


Astore, W. (2013, September 21). Of moocs and technology: Why true education is not content delivery. Huffington Post. Retrieved from

Lewin, T. (2012, November 19). Virtual u. college of future could be come one, come all. The New York Times. Retrieved from

Newsom, J. (2013, October 13). Moocs: Online courses might change face of higher education. News & Record. Retrieved from



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