Gates, MOOCs and Remediation

Could high-quality MOOCs benefit a broader range of learners, like those who get tripped up by remedial classes?

That is the question that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation want to respond. Needless to say, the initiative has provoked much controversy.

Hunter R. Boylan, director of the National Center for Developmental Education, believes that this initiative has the potential to raise the quality of education in development education, if used appropriately.

Some observers questioned that the free online courses can be adapted to the recovery needs students.

Amy Slaton, associate professor of history at Drexel University (Philadelphia, USA) said that the objectives of the foundation are well intentioned, but this proposal is based in very naive concept about how technology works in education.

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http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/09/14/gates-foundation-solicits-remedial-moocs

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Jaime Oyarzo Espinosa

Jaime Oyarzo Espinosa - jaime.oyarzo@uah.es Profesor Honorífico de Investigación Universidad de Alcalá Honorary Professor of Research University of Alcalá, Spain Instructional Designer Lund University Education, Sweden Dirección de proyectos e-Learning (América Latina, Africa) Me interesan los proyectos que vinculan innovación y aprendizaje con ayuda de la tecnología. Especialmente si tienen como objetivo una transformación personal, organizativa y de desarrollo económico para la región involucrada. Blog (Spanish): http://jaimeoyarzo.blogspot.com/ Blog (English): http://alfavirtual.com/wp/virtualed/