Education

To be or not to be – Online

HBS debates itself about the merites of online education with lessons for the lesser of us (here).

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Financial Planning goes online to the masses reports this NYT story.  The problem with its rapid adoption is, as the story itself points out, a lot like requiring people to eat their vegetables !

Revisiting MOOCs.

This story makes several points about online courses that should give teachers pause. First all online videos have a rewind (or pause) button, but most live professors cannot stop talking!  Second, preparing a video presentation takes much more planning, organization and thought than many live professors bring to the classroom. You can “wing it” once in a while to a group of 20-26 sleepy students but never to a large audience.  Third, the faculty invited to develop MOOCs are like to be those with outstanding classroom reputations anyway. Fourth, some online courses come with “deep dive” tools where further details on a topic are available, perhaps in break-out sessions with TAs.

The gauntlet has been thrown. Take one, see how it works and let me know.