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Beyond the MOOC Hype: A Guide to Higher Education's High-Tech Disruption (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Jeffrey R. Young

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Everyone is talking about MOOCs these days. They're either the answer to the biggest problems in higher education, or a sign of the commodification of college, depending on who you talk to. What exactly are they, and why all the fuss?

Beyond the MOOC Hype provides a helpful and compelling guide, with stories and analysis clearly organized around six big questions:

* What Is a MOOC?
* Where Did MOOCs Come From?
* What Is the Business Model?
* Will MOOCs Change Campus Teaching?
* Why Do Some Educators Object to Free Courses?
* Do MOOCs Work?

The short e-book (e-single) draws on years of reporting by Chronicle of Higher Education reporters, highlighting important moments in an up-to-the-minute narrative. It also contains plenty of new information that has never before been published, including details from dozens of fresh interviews with MOOC leaders, college presidents, professors, students, and education experts.

It turns out that the academics who coined the term MOOC can’t stand the style of courses that the acronym is now applied to; that futurists have predicted the automation of education for decades, though their visions haven't materialized; and that Stanford professor Sebastian Thrun wasn’t wearing pants when he recorded the intro video for his first free online course.

The e-book's author, Jeffrey R. Young, the technology editor for The Chronicle, argues that MOOCs are not your typical tech fad, though they may not be the savior their proponents promise. Succeed or fail, the free courses have touched off a battle over what the future of higher education should look like -- one that will be decided by the education leaders and students who read this e-book.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 425 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 92 pages
  • Editeur : The Chronicle of Higher Education (7 octobre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00FPSBO3O
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good overview of history of MOOCs 9 novembre 2013
Par P. Gorissen - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The book gives a good overview of how MOOCs came to life and of the main players in this area. It discusses possible business models, and the impact on "regular" higher education. Like the title suggests, it is not a book that just focuses on all the possible positive sides of MOOCs. It offers a lot / enough room for people that have concerns about MOOCs. It is an easy read, I finished it in an afternoon, having read a lot of things about MOOCs online already, most of it wasn't new to me, but still, it is a good book to have available as a reference, to look up timelines etc.
Don't expect heavy duty educational stuff, it is written in a reporter style manner. Opinions by others are often simply presented without the author really weighing in on the question whether he agreed with them or not. He kind of leaves that up to the readers to decide for themselves. That is not necessarily a bad thing, but readers who are new to the topic could do with some help there instead of having to keep opinions and facts apart themselves.
Overall, a good read, written by someone that clearly has ample hands-on experience with MOOCs and made an effort to talk to a lot of people involved to complete the story.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Quick, but Through and Neutral, Overview of the Pro- and Anti-MOOC Hysteria! 7 mai 2014
Par Kevin Currie-Knight - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As a writer for the Chronicle of Higher Education, Jeffrey Young has had much occasion to cover debates over Massive Open Online Courses, for better or worse, acryonymed as MOOCs. This is one of the few books I've read about the "MOOC debate" that doesn't really take a position, but is solely devoted to laying out the facts and the pro- and con- positions as neutrally as possible.

The book is themed around chapters that begin with questions: what is a MOOC? where did the idea for them come from? how are MOOCs monetized? how might MOOCs change higher education? Each chapter is a journalistic attempt to answer these questions using interviews with players involved in MOOCs, the author's own experience with them, and data culled from academic studies and other sources about MOOCs. Very thorough job. I've read several books about MOOCs and online education, and I can honestly say that it was reading this one where I now feel the most prepared to really understand the pros, cons, promises, and potential shortcomings of MOOCs.

On a more personal note, I am mostly for MOOCs as a disruptive innovation, and while the author does a very fair job of representing all sides, I came away very disappointed by some of the arguments against MOOCs that the author found. They don't work for everyone, but only really self-motivated learners so.... Okay, but does a traditional lecture hall work for everyone, and is that a good argument against the use of lecture halls? Well, MOOCs have a history of low completion rates by those who enroll. First, the author suggests this isn't quite as true as one gets on first blush, and second, that is to be expected when one offers a class that is low cost to sign up for. (It is still a concern, of course, but what is bad about allowing students to sign up for a MOOC that costs little to nothing and find out that it isn't for them... as opposed to doing that by paying full college tuition for a course?) And what about equality and intimacy of the classroom experience; surely we don''t want a system where the rich get liberal arts college and the poor get MOOCs. True, but the disruptive nature of MOOCs might mean that colleges now have to really get serious about offering an education worth the inflating sticker price.... and even if that were all MOOCs ever accomplished, it might be enough.

Anyhow, I found the book to be a really good overview. And just as it provoked me to think a bit more, I suspect it will provoke anyone else who comes to it to do the same. Beyond the MOOC Hype is a fairly short, but really good, read to understand the hysteria (both pro and con) surrounding MOOCs.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good reference 6 janvier 2014
Par Anthony Llano - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Generally very good summary of relevant trends. Definitely worth a read if you are interested in the ongoing disruption of higher education and learning in general.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good overview 14 décembre 2013
Par vanessa lambrecht - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book gives a good overview on the (short) history of MOOCs and their pro's and con's.
Interesting read for educational staff, policy makers and people in the HE business.
Most important point: HE is at a cross point and needs to make important choices.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Recommended for a busy higher ed administrator 12 décembre 2013
Par Bruce Long - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book was a solid, objective presentation on MOOCs. It is shirt so a person can pick up a lot of information quickly.
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