After a rash of enthusiasm about Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs), the counter-reaction is setting in, Bacon’s Rebellion reports.
Only a tiny percentage of the hoards of people enrolling in classes actually complete them.
Many students drop out because they have competing demands for their time; others get bored by the inability to have meaningful interaction with the professor or anyone else, even on online chat boards.
Undoubtedly, there will be a niche for MOOCs, but I don’t see massively open online courses overthrowing conventional education.
More likely the industry will gravitate to blended models that integrate computer learning, online learning and personal interaction — a model that combines the advantages of personal contact with the economies made possible by education.