Within the education community, interest in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) is high.
But some people are just joining the conversation on the topic now, and need to be brought up to speed. Others might wonder how this fast-moving topic has developed in the year and a half since MOOCs came into wide consciousness. (MOOCs have been around a bit longer, but were only discussed in the educational technology community.)
For you, I have compiled a quick list of readings below that I’ve been “clipping” from the net over the past year or so. This list is not a systematic review of the literature, but does provide an overview of the key themes that have recurred in the popular and trade press for higher education.
I’ve listed readings by topic (basic definitions, big picture, business model, nuts and bolts of producing, personal experiences, and links to more reading). Individual readings listed in chronological order of publication.
1. Basic Definitions
What Campus Leaders Need to Know about MOOCs
Viewed at http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/PUB4005.pdf. Visited August 26, 2013.
2. MOOCs–the big picture
Elite colleges transform online higher education
by TERENCE CHEA
Published on Boston.com, August 5, 2012.
Viewed at http://www.boston.com/news/education/2012/08/05/elite-colleges-transform-online-higher-education/OIdKcvdP35u1aHS9f7LAkL/story.html. Visited August 9, 2012.
The Crisis in Higher Education
by NICHOLAS CARR
Published in The Atlantic, September 27, 2012.
Viewed at http://www.technologyreview.com/featuredstory/429376/the-crisis-in-higher-education/. Visited November 19, 2012.
The Year of the MOOC
by LAURA PAPPANO
Published in the New York Times, November 2, 2012.
Viewed at http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/04/education/edlife/massive-open-online-courses-are-multiplying-at-a-rapid-pace.html?hpw&pagewanted=all. Visited November 2, 2012
American Council on Education May Recommend Some Coursera Offerings for College Credit
by JEFFREY R. YOUNG
Published in the Chronicle of Higher Education, November 13, 2012.
Viewed at http://chronicle.com/article/MOOCs-Take-a-Major-Step/135750/. Visited December 14, 2012.
Education on the computer model: faster, more efficient, customized
by ROSEANN O’REILLY RUNTE
Published in the Globe and Mail, June 4, 2013.
Where MOOCs are really headed
by ALEX USHER
Published at the website of Higher Education Strategy Associates, June 6, 2013.
Viewed at http://higheredstrategy.com/where-moocs-are-really-headed/. Visited June 6, 2013.
Master’s Degree Is New Frontier of Study Online
By TAMAR LEWIN
Published in the New York Times, August 17, 2013.
Viewed at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/18/education/masters-degree-is-new-frontier-of-study-online.html?hp&_r=0&pagewanted=all. Visited August 18, 2013.
3. Business Issues with MOOCS
Online Courses Look for a Business Model
by MELISSA KORN and JENNIFER LEVITZ
Published in the Wall Street Journal, January 1, 2013.
Viewed at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324339204578173421673664106.html. Visited January 3, 2013.
Students Rush to Web Classes, but Profits May Be Much Later
by TAMAR LEWIN
Published in the New York Times, January 6, 2013.
Viewed at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/07/education/massive-open-online-courses-prove-popular-if-not-lucrative-yet.html?hpw&pagewanted=all&_r=0. Visit January 17, 2013.
4. Nuts and Bolts of Producing MOOCs
Sweating the Details of a MOOC in Progress
by KAREN HEAD
Published in the Wired Campus blog of the Chronicle of Higher Education, April 3, 2013.
Viewed at http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/sweating-the-details-of-a-mooc-in-progress/43315. Visited April 30, 2013.
How to Develop a MOOC
by ALISON FARMER, VP, AQUENT Learning & Development
Published in Training magazine, May 16, 2013.
Viewed at http://trainingmag.com/content/skills-gap-part-2-schooled-skills. Visited June 13, 2012.
5. Experiences with MOOCs
Bioelectricity: A Quantitative Approach (Duke’s First MOOC)
Published by Duke University, February 5, 2013.
Viewed at http://dukespace.lib.duke.edu/dspace/bitstream/handle/10161/6216/Duke_Bioelectricity_MOOC_Fall2012.pdf. Visited August 26, 2013.
My Modern Experience Teaching a MOOC
by MICHAEL S. ROTH
Published in the The Digital Campus 2013 section of the Chronicle of Higher Education, April 29, 2013.
Viewed at http://chronicle.com/article/My-Modern-MOOC-Experience/138781/. Visited April 30, 2013.
Reflections Of My First MOOC
By RICK BLUNT
Published in the Instructional Design & E-Learning Professionals Group on LinkedIn, June 1, 2013.
6. What the Pundits Say
Revolution Hits the Universities
by THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
Published in the New York Times, January 27, 2013.
Viewed at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/27/opinion/sunday/friedman-revolution-hits-the-universities.html. Visited August 27, 2013.
The Professor’s Big Stage
by THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
Published in the New York Times, March 6, 2013.
Viewed at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/06/opinion/friedman-the-professors-big-stage.html. Visited August 26, 2013.
MOOCs of Hazard
by ANDREW DELBANCO
Published in The New Republic, March 31, 2013.
Viewed at http://www.newrepublic.com/article/112731/moocs-will-online-education-ruin-university-experience. Visited August 26, 2013.
Students Are Cool with MOOCs, So Why Aren’t Profs?
by KONRAD YAKABUSKI
Published in the Globe and Mail, August 5, 2013
7. And More Reading
Massive Open Online Courses
Viewed at http://www.evolllution.com/mooc/. Visited August 26, 2013.