MOOCs - What You Need to Know About Them Now

Rachelle Peterson

MOOCs are complementing institutions with flexible professional courses, fulfilling predictions made a year and a half ago. 

How MOOCs Threaten Your Privacy

Rachelle Peterson

Rachelle Peterson warns against several dangers of MOOCs, which include the possibility of data mining and privacy infringement.

Are College Degrees the New Taxi Medallions?

Rachelle Peterson

Much like taxi car medallions, college degrees are viewed as pricey but essential investments.

Faculty are Increasingly Skeptical about MOOCs

Rachelle Peterson

Faculty are becoming more hopeful about technology's ability to convey information, but are increasingly skeptical about its worth in transmitting more than just facts.

Will MOOCs Cost Money?

Rachelle Peterson

The cost-free model of MOOCs may not last forever. College administrators speculate that they may soon need to start charging tuition.

NAS Member Barbara Oakley Teaches Popular MOOC


NAS member Barbara Oakley is teaching the largest course on learning ever taught. 

MOOCs vs. HCOCs (Higher Cost Online Courses)

Richard J. Bishirjian

Dr. Richard Bishirjian, president of online liberal arts college Yorktown University, writes on the Majorly Obnoxious Operative Costs of MOOCs.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the MOOC

David Clemens

The MOOC provides a platform for education about Western Civilization.

What I Learned in Sustainability School

Rachelle Peterson

Rachelle DeJong recounts her final thoughts on an eight-week MOOC on Sustainability.

Fast-Track Higher Ed?

Rachelle Peterson

Despite technological advances that have made most other industries more efficient, "path dependency" has kept higher education stuck in the past. Can MOOCs be the solution?

The MOOC Chronicles Part 4: Community

Rachelle Peterson

The closing lecture of an "Introduction to Sustainability" MOOC reveals the limited reciprocity between teachers and students in online learning environments.

The MOOC Chronicles Part 3: Dialogue

Rachelle Peterson

Can the laissez-faire policies of MOOC courses allow students to build community?

The MOOC Chronicles Part 2: Determination

Rachelle Peterson

This is Part 2 of Rachelle Dejong's series on taking a MOOC. You can find Part 1 here.

The Sustainability of MOOCs

Rachelle Peterson

Can a classroom provide a healthy learning environment for masses of students? 

Have MOOCs Replaced the Classroom?

Rachelle Peterson

Now, Massive Open Online Courses serve as a supplement to classroom learning, and it seems that colleges are more eager to produce them than to use them. But what happens when colleges embrace the MOOC?

Celebrating 2013 in Education

Peter Wood

In another top 10 list, Peter Wood remembers people who did something original, creative, noteworthy, or surprising in 2013.

The Future of MOOCs

Rachelle Peterson

Now that MOOCs' disappointing early performance has dampened prophecies of higher ed's collapse, competiting narratives envision different niche markets for MOOCs to serve. 

The MOOC Demographic

Rachelle Peterson

MOOC students are often college degreed professionals, not the underprivileged assemblage that MOOCs intended to reach.  

MOOC Course Correction

Rachelle Peterson

Sebastian Thrun, the founder of Udacity, thinks MOOCs have failed to reach their target audience and need to switch their focus to teaching technical skills. 

Why Do Students Drop Out of MOOCs?

Rachelle Peterson

Ninety percent or more of MOOC registrants will fail to complete their courses, often because of the impersonal, sterile atmosphere. 

What Do MOOCs Cost?

Rachelle Peterson

MOOCs are often hailed as the cost-savers of higher ed, but it turns out they're rather expensive to make. 

What Do Professors Think of MOOCs?

Rachelle Peterson

According to Inside Higher Ed's recent survey, many professors believe Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) are inferior to other forms of online teaching and the real-life classroom. 

MOOC Waves: The Unexpected Resistance to MOOCs

Rachelle Peterson

The MOOC tsunami may prove to be more of a tributary.

Too Cool for School

Rachelle Peterson

Unschooling is popular, but should it be?