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Hmmmm, MOOCs

posted Sep 9, 2015, 3:46 AM by Wesley Akers   [ updated Sep 9, 2015, 3:47 AM ]
    MOOCs are in line with my ideas about all people having access to education.  I believe MOOCs can offer learning opportunities to people who may not have the resources or desire to participate in traditional higher education.  I also like the idea that MOOCs threaten and challenge the systems and practices of traditional higher education because I believe it will forces antiqued institutions to adopt progressive policies. 
    I do appreciate the blog "MOOCs are a fundamental misperception of how teaching works" because it acknowledges the necessity of highly qualified teachers in the classroom.  However, I think MOOCs can be rooted in effective pedagogical practices if the designer is a highly qualified teacher.  As technology develops and learners evolve, educational professionals need to update and expand their beliefs about the role an effective teacher plays in the learning process.  

Retrieved on Flickr from Mathieu Plourde
Retrieved from Flickr from Mathieu Plourade