SXSWedu: Cage Match: The Massive Open Online Course Debate
The 100,000-student Stanford courses in the Fall of 2011 blew the doors off any preconceived notions of how we might approach online education. Soon, Udacity and Coursera were founded as startups. Coursera has quickly added top-name universities as partners. Will these new efforts profoundly improve education or be a meteor that makes higher-ed dinosaurs extinct? Chuck Severance (“The man with the open source tattoo”) is a Coursera Instructor at the University of Michigan School of Information and Open Source LMS guru. His counterpart in this session is Curt Bonk (“The Travelin' Ed Man”), an Indiana University Professor who taught the first MOOC on Blackboard's CourseSites and authored "The World is Open." Chuck and Curt will examine MOOCs with the "gloves off.” How classes are set up, taught, and measured and what this could mean for your business, continuing education, and future hires will be debated with audience participation, like “Pardon the Interruption” (PTI) on ESPN.