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The New York Times declared 2012 to be "The Year of the MOOC" as millions of students enrolled in massive open online courses (known as MOOCs), millions of investment dollars flowed to the companies making them, and the media declared MOOCs to be earth-shaking game-changers in higher education. During the inevitable backlash that followed, critics highlighted MOOCs' high dropout rate, the low chance of earning back initial investments, and the potential for any earth-shaking game change to make things worse instead of better. In this volume in the Essential Knowledge series, Jonathan Haber offers an account of MOOCs that avoids both hype and doomsaying. Instead, he provides an engaging, straightforward explanation of a rare phenomenon: an education innovation that captures the imagination of the public while moving at the speed of an Internet startup. Haber explains the origins of MOOCs, what they consist of, the controversies surrounding them, and their possible future role in education. He proposes a new definition of MOOCs based on the culture of experimentation from which they emerged, and adds a student perspective — missing in most MOOC discussion. Haber's unique Degree of Freedom experiment, during which he attempted to learn the equivalent of a four-year liberal arts degree in one year using only MOOCs and other forms of free education, informs his discussion. Haber urges us to avoid the fallacy of thinking that because MOOCs cannot solve all educational challenges they are not worth pursuing, and he helps us understand what MOOCs — despite their limitations — still offer the world. His book is required reading for anyone trying to sort out the competing claims, aspirations, and accusations that color the MOOC debate.

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262526913
Author:
Haber, Jonathan
Publisher:
Mit Press
Author:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Higher
Subject:
Education-Higher Education
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series MOOCs
Publication Date:
20140926
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 band#38;w illus.
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
7 x 5 x 0.6875 in

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Education » General
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