How open online learning is changing.
Peter Mellow’s insight:
Love the last line of this article: "This course just might, if you go into it with an open mind, change how you think about MOOCs."
THE HYPE OVER MOOCs peaked in 2012. Salman Khan, an investment analyst who had begun teaching bite-sized lessons to his cousin in New Orleans over the internet and turned that activity into a wildly popular educational resource called the Khan Academy, was splashed on the cover of Forbes.
Over the past six years the MOOC has whirled through the Gartner Hype Cycle – sparked into life by an innovation trigger (great idea!), travelled up the peak of inflated expectations (they’ll replace universities), down the trough of disillusionment (they’re not that good), ascended the slope of enlightenment (ah, we get it!), and is now bustling along the path of productivity.
Doing nicely, thank-you very much.
According to data collected by Class Central and reported in ed-tech resource platform EdSurge, last year 23 million people worldwide registered for a MOOC course for the first time ever, while the total number of students who signed up for at least one course was 58 million, up from some 35 million the previous year.