MOOCs are not the be-all, but they might just be the beginning

innovation-MOOC-disruptiveIt’s rare that I come across opinions on online learning that aren’t either the same thoughts rehashed or opposite ends of the pendulum. And during a recent interview with a “disruption” expert, I think most people are getting MOOCs all wrong.

On the one hand, you have those who say MOOCs are single-handedly changing the entire meaning of education, bringing with its free online content delivery the same education without any of the debilitating costs of a traditional four-year degree.

On the other hand, you have those who say MOOCs are a flash in the pan that can never equal the quality of face-to-face education, and though they’re “nifty” to attend, they’re not granting degrees or helping attendees land careers.

Well, shoot. Neither opinion is necessarily wrong, but they are a little too divisive for my taste. Instead, I find myself interested in the opinions of Senior Research Fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute, Dr. Michelle Weise, and DegreeofFreedom researcher and writer, Jonathan Haber.

According to Weise and Haber, MOOCs are not yet ‘disruptive’ to traditional education. Instead, they’re on the cusp. And here’s why…

(Next page: Are MOOC’s disruptive?)


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