Massively Open Online Courses have been proposed
as a way midcareer professionals can gain new and upgrade
skills to compete. MOOCS can be used to explore how
well students are learning (analytics) and measure attempts
at doing things better. MOOCS can bring top level teaching
and student engagement methods to many more students at
a fraction of the cost. These and other historical anecdotes
are what are contained in a recent Scientific American piece.
Some realities seemed to be missed in the piece, including:
It is increasingly true that positions include roles and
responsibilities that are more interactional, transactional and
In the study of knowledge in a knowledge based economy,
facts have half-lives, so updating and re-learning are continuous
and required. Arbesman
We do not have to go far. Canada is a laboratory where MOOCs
are taking hold, because of recognized need and progressive
force alignment. It is in the best interests of everyone.
A/B or Split testing may take a larger role in the evolution of
this innovation which is a lower cost alternative to brick and
mortar universities. It may not be the answer for everyone. It
is an alternative.
Societies like ACS can take a proactive role by certifying
courses for grades and degrees and
eventually offering course delivery.
Members need to ask for this.