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 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/of-moocs-and-technology-o_b_3967397.html
Lewin, T. (2012, November 19). Virtual u. college of future could be come one, come all. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/20/education/colleges-turn-to-crowd-sourcing-courses.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0&ref=elearning
Newsom, J. (2013, October 13). Moocs: Online courses might change face of higher education. News & Record. Retrieved from http://www.news-record.com/news/article_48f3fd9c-33b1-11e3-b180-0019bb30f31a.html