Monday, June 3, 2013

MOOC Nuke Part II




A few weeks ago I linked to the announcement by Georgia Tech that it would be offering a fully accredited degree in Computer Science as a MOOC.  Today Andy Kessler with the Wall Street Journal followed up with another nice piece.  The article is quoted and linked below.  The knowledge train is leaving the station.  Are you on board?

Something's got to give. Education is going to change, the question is how and when. Think about it: Today's job market—whether you're designing new drugs, fracking for oil, writing mobile apps or marketing Pop Chips—requires graduates who can think strategically in real time, have strong cognitive skills, see patterns, work in groups and know their way around highly visual virtual environments. This is the same generation that grew up playing online games like Call of Duty and World of Warcraft, but who are almost never asked to use their online skills in any classroom. 
MOOCs will inevitably come to K-12 education too. Everyone knows great public school teachers. But we also all know the tenured type who has been mailing it in for years. Parents spend sleepless nights trying to rearrange schedules to get out of Mr. Bleh's fourth-period math class. Online education is about taking the "best in class" teachers and scaling them to thousands or millions of students rather than 25-30 at a time.

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