Coursera- Fundamentals of Online Education Train Wreck

How Not To Design A MOOC- I thought this blog entry pretty much captured my own thoughts albeit it was a little more generous that I would have been.  I drop in and out of MOOC's mainly for ideas to incorporate, but if you are really interested in the MOOC concept, this particular Coursera course from Georgia Tech has to be the poster child of "how not to" which as most of you know is a very effective learning strategy. (unintentional as it may be) 

I won't bore you with all the details like trying to stream high definition videos (500+MB) for a 10 minute lecture that has hissing in the background anyway, to thinking letting 40,000 students edit Google docs and setup their own groups on those documents would be a good idea, to shutting down the class unexpectedly, but its worth studying what can go wrong in large online courses without proper planning. 

If nothing else, it will give you a warm fuzzy feeling verifying how smart you are when setting up your own courses.  

Todd

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