So Santa Claus is totally a Time Lord and his sleigh is a Tardis, right?
The love of knowledge is a kind of madness.
― C.S. Lewis, Out of the Silent Planet
MOOCs aren’t broken. Anytime you reduce the friction for people to start something you’re going to see an increase in people not finishing. That’s not a bad thing. It doesn’t even mean they didn’t get what they wanted/needed out of it.
What we really need is a MOOC accreditation standard besides the traditional education system. I think the next evolution will be for someone like Khan Academy to team up with physical testing centers to provide supervised testing administration (a key part of the accreditation process).
Universities will fight this of course, but smaller Community Colleges and other alternative education choices should embrace this.
It’s been a long wait but we’re very pleased to tell you that next year Arc is back and will be published every two months. The first issue of the year, Exit Strategies, will be out on 22 January and includes new writing from Jeff Noon, Kathleen Ann Goonan, M John Harrison and many more. We’ll announce the full Exit Strategies line-up along with what to expect in early January.
This just made my day.
I’m taking the brute force approach to writing and editing tonight since logic, finesse, and trickery have failed me the last 35 tries.