By Adi Gaskell
MOOCs, as with most other technologies, have stuck quite firmly to the notorious hype cycle that originally saw them destined to change education in profound ways.
Indeed, back in 2014, it was believed that the MOOC would not only disrupt higher education, but also executive education, with none other than the World Economic Forum backing MBA ala MOOC.
Alas, that revolution hasn’t really happened, with drop-out rates remaining very high, and student enrollment remaining largely the preserve of people that already have a good education.
As is common with the hype cycle, once the initial bluster dies down, organizations tend to tinker at the fringes and produce something better and more robust. This may be happening with the SPOCs that are being developed by the EMERITUS Institute of Management.
SPOC, which stands for Small, Private, Online Courses, are online courses that provide the “byte-size” nature of a MOOC but much better peer-to-peer learning that is more commonplace with a classroom-based course.
EMERITUS have teamed up with academics from the business schools at MIT Sloan, Columbia and Tuck to offer a range of classes on management and leadership. Whereas a typical MOOC might have many thousands of students, a course from EMERITUS will have maybe one to 200. These will then be further divided into small learning circles that will allow students to both put their learnings into practice and share expertise from around the world.
[ Full article available at Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/adigaskell/2016/05/11/new-platform-aims-to-revolutionize-executive-education/#db20fd111a93 ]