If You Read One Thing about MOOCs This Week…
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  • “The fewer positions are out there, the fewer Ph.D.s get hired. The fewer Ph.D.s that get hired—well, you can see where it goes.”
    He makes it sound like a bad thing. Depending on the areas the Ph.D.s are in, that could represent the demise of the unfit. Take English, modern languages, sociology, history (pace WRM), literature, arts, and psychology Ph.D.s . . . please. The world would be a better place for the fewer of these creatures whose only function in life is to produce more of them. I see that as a definite plus.

  • Fat_Man

    I liked this quote:

    Nagy has been experimenting with online add-ons to his course for years. When he began planning his MOOC,
    his idea was to break down his lectures into twenty-four lessons of
    less than an hour each. He subdivided every lesson into smaller
    segments, because people don’t watch an hour-long discussion on their
    screens as they might sit through an hour of lecture. (They get
    distracted.) He thought about each segment as a short film, and tried to
    figure out how to dramatize the instruction. He says that crumbling up
    the course like this forced him to study his own teaching more than he
    had at the lectern.

  • Anthony

    Article covers lot of ground; poses many more questions than it answers regarding MOOCs going forward (what area may fine MOOC delivery most expeditious for example). Also, as I read article I considered comparison with Disqus (open in theory, anybody with an internet connection can sign up) on-line communication and delivery mode but I think Mooc precludes anonymity – which is good and permits a more democratic reach.

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