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Howard Rheingold and Bryan Alexander on MOOCs

Howard Rheingold and Bryan Alexander on MOOCs

Virtual community pioneer and author Howard Rheingold recently sat down with Bryan Alexander--senior fellow at the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education--to discuss MOOCs through the lens of liberal arts education, and the potential future(s) of MOOCs.

To view the full video interview, visit DMLcentral at You can also Follow Howard on Twitter at @hrheingold, and Bryan Alexander at @bryanalexander.


Intro to "MOOCs, Hype, and the Precarious State of Higher Ed: Futurist Bryan Alexander"

MOOCs began with what we now call "CMOOCs"--the Connectivism MOOCs--and those are predicated on social media...the logic of these classes was as if learning was predicated on the principles of the web based on the social connection of the learners. That was the original seed...

Those have been outflanked and displaced by what we now call "XMOOCs"--the Stanford model, the Coursera model, the Harvard/MIT edX model--and those are massively scaled up. They don't prohibit social media; they just aren't predicated on social media...they feel, to me, more like learning management systems.


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