The Cognitive Infrastructure Built by the MOOC Bubble

12 Dec

By Joshua Kim

Long after the MOOC providers pivot to whatever sustainable business model will come next, we will be enjoying the benefits of the infrastructure that was built to support this particular bubble.

This infrastructure is not like that of previous bubbles. It is not fiber (bandwidth) and it is not newly cheap servers, open source databases, and flexible programming languages.

This will not be a physical or technological infrastructure, as was built in the dot-com bubble (think YouTube, MySQL, cheap cloud storage etc.).

The infrastructure left behind from the MOOC bubble will be cognitive.

It will be a set of ideas and conclusions about the potential to improve teaching and learning with technology.

It will be a change in how we think about teaching and learning.

The legacy of the MOOC bubble will be the widespread acceptance that passive learning is now a commodity, no more valuable than long distance phone minutes.

The large lecture course, an institution that has endured for decades if not centuries almost completely untouched (unless you count PowerPoint – which many see as a step backwards), will forever be altered.

The days of students sitting passively in their seats, copying down notes from the instructor and than parroting back answers in multiple choice exams, are numbered and will not return.

[ Full article available at Inside Higher Ed: ]

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Posted by on December 12, 2013 in MOOCs in the News, Op-Ed


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