Missing Perspectives on #MOOCs…Views from developing countries

some different perspectives, perhaps?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…because a) it’s not just about us, not an exclusively US #highered issue; and b) (in case you’re Rip van Winkle or have been living under a rock) both MOOCs and higher education are global issues… so is globalization, which probably explains the name

Excited discussions about ‘MOOCs’ are reaching a fever pitch in some quarters. Separating the hope from the hype related to the phenomenon known as Massive Open Online Courses, in which tens, and in some cases hundreds of thousands of students from around the world participate in (or at least register for) the same university course over the Internet, is not an easy task. There is, to be sure, much here to be potentially excited about.

That said, most of news (and hype) is coming out of North America, and the prominent perspectives on MOOCs are, to a great extent, coming out of North America as well. While voices from Silicon Valley and elite educational institutions in the United States (amplified by prominent media personalities) have been the loudest to date, a fair component of the ‘hope’ surrounding MOOCs has to do with their potential to improve educational opportunities for students in so-called ‘developing countries’.

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