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08/07/12
MOOCS: One of the ingredients to future education and maintaining/evolving our skill sets
Filed under: Mature professionals, Observ. Trends, Alternate Career Paths
Posted by: site admin @ 6:44 pm

While we have all seen articles and programs about online
learning, nothing grabbed me until I listened to Diane Rehm
moderating a panel of people talking about how online
courses may fit in higher education’s future
.

One of the major take-aways is the concept of MOOCS.
I listened hard and near the end the panelists began describing
this concept of Massive Open Online Courses that is taking
off at universities and some private companies.  [See the
Rehm discussion page for some detail and also Coursera which
describes courses being offered this fall.] 

Now what kinds of courses are offered this way, in STEM
fields…?  This site [2] lists 500 such offerings that may be
a valid way for mid-career people to refresh or learn new
skills to help manage their careers.

One Response to “MOOCS: One of the ingredients to future education and maintaining/evolving our skill sets”

  1. site admin Says:


    September’s Fast Company magazine had an article, “The
    Coursera Effect
    ” by A. Kamenetz (p. 98)
     that talks about the expansion beyond a niche audience
    in higher education.

    “The…knowledge based economy is hitting a global slowdown,
    causing a spike in demand for higher education as people seek
    to retrain. This demand is running smack into the reality of
    escalating costs of going to college and the attendant rise in
    student debt…”

    “They take the 75 minute lecture and break it up into
    short pieces and add interactive engagement into the
    video so that every five minutes there is a question…
    Every person needs to answer the question and retrieve
    the information.”

     Course catalog
    Cousera              coursera.org
    EDX                   edxonline.org
    Minerva project  minervaproject.com
    udacity                udacity.com

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