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Scholarly Kitchen Podcast: Making Sense of MOOCs

sk podcastIn this episode, University of Utah librarian and Scholarly Kitchen chef Rick Anderson talks with podcast host Stewart Wills about the potential impact of massive open online courses, both for higher education and as a new market for scholarly content.

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I'm the Editor and Content Director for Optics & Photonics News, published by The Optical Society.

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2 thoughts on “Scholarly Kitchen Podcast: Making Sense of MOOCs

  1. Here’s Clay Shirky with some thoughts on the future of MOOCs. Especially intreresting in light of Rick’s thoughts in the second half of this podcast.

    http://www.shirky.com/weblog/2012/11/napster-udacity-and-the-academy/

    Posted by David Smith | Jun 12, 2013, 6:09 am
    • You might say what the interesting bit is? In any case this is a fine tangle of issues. Shirky is covering the same ground as Chef Joe did three months ago, but Joe adds a dash of wit: http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2013/03/26/who-is-the-mook-among-the-moocs/.

      Reading these pieces carefully reveals that people are exploring contridictory lines of thought precisely because the future is uncertain. The university system is threatened versus it will merely expand. MOOCs will be free versus somebody has to pay. Textbooks are dead versus there is a new market here. MOOCs are marketing versus MOOCs are new business. I call this pattern an issue storm. They can be fun to watch and exciting to be in, but nasty as well. The confusion is expensive.

      Posted by David Wojick | Jun 12, 2013, 7:30 am

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