- Series: The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series
- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: The MIT Press; 1 edition (September 26, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0262526913
- ISBN-13: 978-0262526913
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #777,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Its clear-eyed take on all the main issues and controversies surrounding MOOCs makes this the perfect read for students, faculty, and anyone wanting to teach or take this type of course.(Library Journal)
...this book is an excellent departure point for inspiring discussions about the role of disruptive technologies in education and the ensuing tension between on-line learning and traditional brick and mortar experiences in the face of increasing commodification within higher education systems across the globe. Even if MOOCs themselves disappear in the near future, the need for dialogue about these sorts of issues will not, thus making this book a useful contribution to scholarship.(Science and Public Policy)
About the Author
Jonathan Haber is a writer and researcher who has worked extensively in the field of education technology. His website degreeoffreedom.org chronicles his year-long odyssey through MOOCs and other free educational resources.
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His freshman year was from January until the end of March, and the sophomore year was wrapped up at the end of June; however, by that time he'd also started some of his third year classes.
Summarizing the experience, Haber believes the typical MOOC is easier. Some of the course discussion-board comments were really, really thoughtful, others really, really misguided; most gravitate to the same old left/right debate. At least half his fellow-students were outside the U.S. As for essays - not much of an issue now, though EdX plans to release open source software that grades essays; meanwhile, in one of his classes (25,000 enrolled) students graded each other's essays using specified rules.
One wondering where to take a particular course can check out various professors at Rate My Professor, or even iTunes.
Bottom-Line: While there are problems (eg. some professors aren't good at getting the microphone close enough to students, discussion boards often drown in comments) Haber believes MOOCs will make a big contribution to changing education. He believes that self-motivated individuals can get as much out of a MOOC class as a traditional brick-and-mortar class.
I highly recommend this terrific book for anyone who might have an interest in MOOCs and the MOOC phenomenon. It is the best book I have ever read in relation to MOOCs and online learning.