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Gianpiero Petriglieri, Why I'm Skeptical About MOOCs | The Wall Street Journal

In a recent post on the Wall Street Journal, Gianpiero Petriglieri (associate professor of organizational behavior at INSEAD, and director of their Management Acceleration Programme for emerging leaders) discusses some of the potential perils and downfalls of the MOOC movement.

His key point:

"As extensions of and enticements towards education MOOCs may be very useful. As alternatives, or more precisely as surrogates, they are utterly inadequate."


Duke University receives Gates grants to fund 2 studies on MOOCs

Duke University has been awarded funding from Gates to sponsor 2 studies about MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses. Each grant is for $25,000. One will examine how large employers are using these massive new courses, known as MOOCs, to identify potential workers and aid in professional development. The other will analyze peer-to-peer interactions in introductory writing and chemistry MOOC classes.

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The MOOC Synthesizer | Scott McLemee, Inside Higher Ed


"Two recent interventions in the ongoing conversation about massive open online courses (MOOCs) strike me as provocative, in very different ways – and also as curiously neglected, given the interest of what the authors have to say. Perhaps it is a sign of fatigue with the subject? Maybe, but the two articles in question, published a little over a month ago, take up the MOOC question in ways that haven’t previously come to the fore.

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Can We Move Beyond the MOOC to Reclaim Open Learning? by Anya Kamenetz, Huffington Post

On June 18, Anya Kamenetz asked in the Huffington Post, Can We Move Beyond the MOOC to Reclaim Open Learning? She invites answers -- winners will receive a prize and present at a summit at UC Irvine. Read more:
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