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Five myths about Moocs

On Five myths about Moocs, Diana Laurillard explains why a model based on unsupervised learning is not the answer and the MOOCs five myths:

  • the idea that ‘content is free’ in education
  • that students can support each other
  • that Moocs solve the problem of expensive undergraduate education
  • that MOOCs address educational scarcity in emerging economies
  • that Education is a mass customer industry

Diana Laurillard criticizes MOOCs because this format oriented course with a large number of students based on mutual support and peer assessment is not a university education.

University education needs guidance and personalized guidance, which is not possible to scale massively.

Personally I agree with some of these reviews.

Although I think the MOOCs can be an important complement to offer open courses charging for activities that require intensive involvement of teachers and tutors such as support and tutorial guide, personalized assessment and issuance of certificates.

This reflection has different conclusions in the case of education in developed countries or in developing or emerging countries.

In the case of developing and emerging countries, MOOCs are an instrument of universities social commitment decided to extend education to students with limited financial resources and who face situations of exclusion.

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