The Most Popular Online Course Teaches You to Learn

Description: The world’s most popular online course is a general introduction to the art of learning, taught jointly by an educator and a neuroscientist.

Source: NYT.com

Date: Dec 29, 2015

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The enrollment figures indicate that massively open online courses, or MOOCs, which in 2012 emerged as a potentially disruptive force that some believed might threaten the modern educational system, are continuing to evolve and gaining broad acceptance as part of an increasingly diverse marketplace for online education.

The Achilles heel of the MOOC phenomena has been that while enrollments have been huge, the number of students who actually complete courses for credit has remained low. That has led traditional educators to argue that the new technology would fail because students are generally less motivated to complete coursework online. Read the Rest of the Story

Questions:

1.  What is a MOOC, and why is it a potentially disruptive technology?

2. Do you see this technology as the future of education?  Why or Why not?

 

 

 

 

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45 thoughts on “The Most Popular Online Course Teaches You to Learn

  1. Jenny Rowell

    1. What is a MOOC, and why is it a potentially disruptive technology?
    MOOC stands for massively open online courses and it was developed to help students to simply learn better. This program is a online, learn as you go set up which includes specific ways to improve learning performance in ways that different learners can understand. This could become disruptive technology because there would be less and less need for actual educators and teachers. Also, this system has the potential to demotivate a student and hurt their grades, “That has led traditional educators to argue that the new technology would fail because students are generally less motivated to complete coursework online.” If a student needs to ask for help, communicate something important to a teacher, this also develops a lack of personable communication between a student and a virtual teacher.

    2. Do you see this technology as the future of education? Why or Why not?
    I do see this technology as the future of education because even now at the University of Lethbridge, there is so many different resources students have to access to learn better! With learning disability accommodations, online testing websites, etextbooks, success/writing centers, the different ways you have available to you, to succeed is endless! This technology is already here and will only continue to over power our expectations for an online lecture. There is pros and cons to the everchanging world of the internet, however it’s because we are only demanding so much more

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  2. Jake Osmak

    A MOOC is a massively open online course where anyone can log on and take part in course content all over the world, as long as you have an Internet connection. This technology is potentially threatening because it risks wiping out the modern educational system. The modern educational system is extremely important in many ways and the destruction of it would have some very serious consequences. One potentially disruptive consequence of this technology take over would be the lack of social learning that would be eliminated. Physically going to school and learning In classrooms doesn’t only help educated kids academically, but it also helps them obtain valuable social skills that they will use for the rest of there lives. If all course content shifted to the Internet, how would people develop relevant social skills? This also applies to universities. Not everyone goes to post secondary strictly to get an education (although this should be a primary motivator) they also attend university in order to meet new people, socialize, and get out of their comfort zone a little bit. None of that would be possible if online courses completely took over. This leads me into my prediction that online courses will always be an open and viable option for people wanting to get an education from their comfort of their home, but the demand for an “in school” education will never die out simply because of the social aspect it creates.

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  3. Meghan

    MOOC’s are potentially destructive because they could end up re-vamping the whole education system and way things are taught in our society. The future of education could be that every child has a laptop and learns through podcasts and online quizzes and tests. The demand for teaches could drastically increase if for example one Mathematics teacher was in charge of a pod cast for the entire country. It would certainly make a unified curriculum for students at any level of education. However, I believe that going to school is about so much more than the coursework. Especially for young children school is where socialization begins. You learn and remember human skills much more than what you were taught in 7th grade English class. For the sake of the above I hope that the future of schooling does not lie within MOOC’s. I think our society is already so reliant on technology and we are losing the human interaction skills that really make life what it should be. While I see the benefits of technology with maybe aiding in different learning styles I think there needs to be a line to where it is simply too much. I don’t want to see the next generation being only able to interact over the internet, mine is already bad enough in my opinion.

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  4. Yvette Gahutu

    1. MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Courses. It provides online courses/studies to people wanting to get an education but for different personal reasons dont seem to have the time to go to school and yet find the idea of taking online classes beneficial to them. It offers courses to people worldwide and come with many benefits even to people who are attending a college or university but like the idea of self learning and or want to speed up their time in school. MOOC is for anyone who wants get courses done on their own althought it might seem disruptive because students are generally less motivated to complete coursework online.
    2. I personally do not see this technology being the future of education, because as students we need to be able to connect and interact with our professors/ teachers face to face on a daily basis and not being able to have that would just discourage students from completing their courses. If there were no physical schools left in the world, the world would definitely see more signs of depression due to lack of social life and a decrease in the education rates because people wont have any motivation to finish or continue their courses.

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  5. Rachel Nyberg

    MOOC means Massive Open Online Courses; there are pros to this type of learning model. For individuals who needs to work, have families, take care of elderly parents, the MOOC model represents the option to complete course work when it sorts their schedule. It also removes the need to travel for school, purchase clothing and cuts back on time spent in classrooms with respect to classroom control.
    The drawbacks are the number of students who do not complete the programs. With the obvious lack of a physical support system or professor, students may not feel as invested as when there is a actual human contact. The additional drawback of not seeing other students or professors in person means there are no opportunities to share ideas, vent about course struggles or network for future job prospects.

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  6. Kevin Liu

    1. What is a MOOC, and why is it a potentially disruptive technology?

    MOOCs is the abbreviation of massively open online courses, it provide online lecture to a massive amount students that are from all over the globe. The reason it considers as a potentially disruptive technology is mainly because the low completion rate amount students and lack of “physical” in-class experience. Also, because the nature of online education; there are not enough interaction between teacher to student and student to student.

    2. Do you see this technology as the future of education? Why or Why not?

    Personally I do not believe the online education technology is the future of education. One of the most important reason is the online education method is lack of “physical” in-class experience, student can not interact with teacher regularly and worst of all students can not interact with each other very well. For me, I believe one of the most important skills you can get from university and college is the social skill. It is very important to know how to work with other people or become friend with them. Also, I feel when you are in an actual classroom, you will be more motivated and more focused than sits in front your computer at home.

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  7. Kathy Cayenne

    Massively Open Online Courses or MOOC’s are considered potentially dangerous technology by some that see it as a threat to the more traditional educational systems. The problem they see with MOOC’s is that while enrollment is very high about 10% of those enrolled actually complete the course or receive certification for taking the course. This leads some educators to believe that the technology will fail because it cannot keep the student engaged to completion the same way a classroom, face to face instruction can. They claim that students are less motivated to complete the work. Educators that believe in MOOC’s suggest that certification is the wrong way to evaluate MOOC’s and suggest that the large enrollments are because of a desire to learn more than a desire to achieve certification. I believe that online courses can be a great asset to education because it offers accessibility to so many that may not be able to attend a traditional school, or college/university. Many children in Canada’s northern communities must leave home, much too young, to get their High School Diploma. Online courses could be the key to keeping them at home with their families and still working towards their diploma. Online access to education could maybe increase the High School Graduation rate in these communities.

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  8. Dawn Wilson

    A MOOC is a massively open online course that is open to people around the world and instead of sitting in a classroom it is an online program that enables students to learn at their own paces and at times that are convenient to them. It is a potentially disruptive technology because it is cheaper than traditional schooling and also allows more freedom in that you can decide when to complete your school work. Because nearly anyone with an internet connection can enroll and its prices it could lead to a more inclusive student population. Which could potentially lead to students transferring to MOOCs from a more traditional education system.
    As much as I see the benefit to MOOCs I do not believe that they are the future of education. This is because without the incentive of a scheduled lecture time and class attendance I believe that students will just put off doing their school work with other tasks because they would much rather be doing them instead. The idea is going in the right direction but the statistics show that even now only about 20% are actually completing the courses and most of the students already have their degrees. The price tag and accessibility make MOOCs a wise decision but if someone does not have the will power to actually sit down and work on something that might not be their favorite then I do not foresee MOOCs as the future of our education system.

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  9. Nana Esi

    MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course and it designed to help people acquire knowledge and skills through web-based activities rather than the traditional way of attending a physical institution to acquire these skills. It may be seen as a potentially disruptive technology because of the various disadvantages it poses to its users.
    Personally, I do not see technology as the future of education. This is because technologies such as MOOC’s do not motivate individuals to study. Unlike in the institutions, where there are weekly quizzes and assignments which continuously keep students busy and on their toes. These provide an incentive for students to study because if they do so, they will gain higher marks in the quizzes and in turn, their final exams. MOOC’s normally do not provide this option causing students enrolled it these courses to become reluctant and not study because they do not feel the urge to do so. This also leads to the problem of students completing the course to become fewer than the total number of students who enrol in that particular course.
    Another reason why I do not see technology as the future of education is that, it does not provide immediate feedback on questions, issues and concerns of students. MOOC’s do not provide an atmosphere for students and teachers to meet at places that are for favourable for both parties to discuss subjects which are not understood in class. This is almost always never possible and mostly due to the fact that both parties involved are located very far from each other causing responses to be less timely and prolonged.

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  10. Jill Tataryn

    A massively open online course (MOOC) is an impressive strategy and groundbreaking innovation, and it will certainly be a part of the future of education. However, MOOCs are not the future of education as a whole. They will not replace the current system, but they are a great resource to be used in the coming years. MOOCs allow a substantial number of students to learn from world-class professors through an easily accessible technology.

    However, the lack of students completing the courses for credit demonstrates that MOOCs are not widely accepted and have limitations. Students are less likely to complete coursework online, likely because having a physical presence in a class leads students to be more motivated and feel a sense of accountability than classes online.

    MOOCs also lose the benefit of connecting with professors and other students in person, which builds relationships, networks, and also provides other learning opportunities. For example, it is much more difficult to coordinate group projects if classes are online. Presentations could be made via videoconference, however it does not teach students the skills to speak in front of people.

    Overall, MOOCs are a great learning resource that will likely be accepted and utilized more in the future, but they are not the future of education.

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  11. Patrick L

    1. MOOC is an abbreviation for massively open online course, it is said to be disruptive because while the enrollment numbers are off the charts, the number of people finishing the course is very slim. The argument that arises from this is that students are less motivated to
    complete course work online.
    2. I do see technology as future education. Education can be very hard to absorb at times, and I think that a course like this really helps solidify your learning experience. While the statistics indicate that not many people finish this course, I don’t think that’s a reasonable basis of judging. This course is designed to help people with the idea of learning. I would take this course to further explore techniques of learning. I probably wouldn’t complete the course either, because once I figure out the right way to learn and what works for me, I would return back to my actual courses and try to do the best that I can in those courses. More schools need programs like this, it would bring up people’s grades and the way that they view education.

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  12. Miriam Ott

    What is a MOOC, and why is it a potentially disruptive technology?

    MOOC is an acronym for massive open online course. It is an online course that is accessible for anyone who has interest, regardless of where they are in the world. It is disruptive because this new form of education has the potential to provide a more easily accessible and less expensive alternative to traditional education. At this point in time, although the numbers of enrolment are exponentially high, there is a low completion rate of these online classes, which makes this technology not very disruptive as of yet.

    Do you see this technology as the future of education? Why or Why not?

    I can see this technology meshing more and more with traditional education to further advance teaching and learning methods and perhaps improve the overall presentation of information in the classroom. Technology and the use of online capabilities is already growing in popularity within education and I believe that it will continue to do so. There is also the positive aspect of being able to access this level of education around the world, so that education can have the potential to be brought to poorer countries at an affordable price. This would greatly improve the education in developing countries and I’m sure that this will become widely popular there as well. The internet is an affordable technology to provide knowledge around the world, and will definitely be the future of education. I do however believe that traditional education can be necessary for some people as, like this article mentions, the motivation to complete online courses on your own time can be difficult to complete. I hope that these two forms of provision of education and continue to blend together to form the best of both.

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  13. R-M Nyberg

    1. A MOOC is a massively open online course. It is a potentially disruptive technology because the number of student who actually finish the courses remains low.
    2. I do not see this technology as the future of education because I am a traditionalist when it comes to education. I want to listen to lectures, get to know my professor as a professional and educated mentor, and meet with other students/future colleagues.

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  14. Jared

    MOOCs, or massive open online courses, have become super popular lately as mentioned in the article. They offer educational opportunities to people all over the world–many of whom would not have much opportunity for a traditional education from an actual school. It’s no surprise, then, that the proprietors of traditional education see them as a “disruptive force”. Despite offering education to thousands upon thousands of people, MOOCs have a weakness because people tend to not finish the course. This could be due to the fact that people are simply not motivated enough to get through the entire online course–a theory proposed by traditional educators. Or, as proponents of the MOOCs argue, it reflects a need for real learning and not just a diploma or a certificate. I tend to agree with the latter viewpoint (although the former certainly makes sense as well). As important as certificates are, I feel like society has become more focused on the pieces of paper framed on our walls and less on the actual knowledge and skills that we possess. MOOCs allow a wide demographic of people to further their education, and I think they are a valuable tool in today’s world.

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  15. Adrien

     What is a MOOC, and why is it a potentially disruptive technology?

    A MOOC or massive open online course is a course given online that can be accessed anywhere in the world through an internet connection. It is disruptive in the sense that it could potentially provide a more cost-effective and accessible alternative to traditional education systems. However the extremely low level of actual completion of most online classes relativizes the disruptiveness at the present time of the MOOC’s.

    Do you see this technology as the future of education?  Why or Why not?

    I personally believe that this technology will be largely complementary to our traditional education system in the West. In practice some universities already exploits information technologies to provide their students with theory podcasts to watch at home so that time in class can be allocated to tackle advanced practical exercises. I think that such innovation is extremely beneficial for everyone in the sense that it spreads quality knowledge globally and consequently provides another source of information. In my opinion such technology is likely to have a bigger impact in developing countries. As a matter of fact, most of them do not have the money to fund a traditional education system. The internet therefore provides a cheaper medium to access knowledge. We have already seen a similar trend in the financial industry in Africa where most people access their bank account through the internet.

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  16. Dalicia

    1. What is a MOOC, and why is it a potentially disruptive technology?

    MOOC is the acronym for massively open online courses that offers a more modern way of providing lectures to a massive amount of students of well over one million through the use of technology. The threat it poses for the educational systems that have taught in the same physical method for centuries is concerned this method of learning is more disruptive to students then beneficial which is proved through the amount of students who don’t actually complete the course(s).

    2. Do you see this technology as the future of education? Why or Why not?

    Being tech savvy is necessary for anyone this day and age who isn’t retired. Technology is already the future of education, but it won’t ever be the only form of education. Many still appreciate the in class environment, just the association a physical person to their learning experience is a comforting to many people. The ability to ask a human being a question in class and get an immediate response if they’re confused on a topic is paramount to any online class. Many also need class times to get them out of their cozy environment giving them motivation to complete their studies. However furthering your education through technology makes learning significantly more convenient and currently cheaper, however some may argue the quality is the sacrifice of this benefit.

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  17. Shin Owaku

    2. Do you see this technology as the future of education? Why or Why not?

    Online learning is becoming popular as more and more people getting familiar to the technologies. But i do not believe that it can replace the traditional class room education, because for most of the students it is difficult to learn the course by themselves where they are asked to be dedicated to teach themselves. Also, they cannot be under supervision to learn without plagiarizing where all sorts of tools and informations are available on the internet. So I personally do not think that it will be the primary education style in the future.

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  18. Jaelee K

    1. What is a MOOC, and why is it a potentially disruptive technology?
    An MOOC is a massively open online course that at first, received skepticism, but its popularity and acceptance has been increasing since 2012. The source mentions that an MOOC is potentially disruptive as it “[threatens] the modern educational system.” Perhaps individuals see MOOCs as threatening and disruptive to modern education because of their convenience. The added convenience of these courses makes it possible for single parents, full-time workers, and even busy students already enrolled in a full course load to take these courses. Working at one’s own pace, this technology allows any individual that has access to these MOOCs to graduate with a degree without having to physically attend a post-secondary campus. This threatens these university and college institutions because it results in lost profit. This also has an effect on all of the workers employed at these universities if the popularity of MOOCs exceeds that of the modern educational institutes.

    2. Do you see this technology as the future of education? Why or Why not?
    Despite their ever growing popularity, MOOCs have a terribly low completion rate. Although they seem to be “[threatening] the modern educational system,” the source mentions that a 20 percent completion rate is approximately twice the average rate for most MOOCs. Therefore, currently MOOCs do not pose much of a threat to other educational institutions. Whether this trend continues, it is difficult to say. Although these technologies are extremely convenient for students that have unusual circumstances such as having a family to take care of or a full-time job, I do not believe MOOCs’ convenient benefits outweigh the costs for the average student. I believe there is something to be said about physically attending classes and being enrolled at a university campus if possible. With my own experiences, it is difficult to stay motivated without classroom and deadline elements that are typically associated with post-secondary campuses. With that said, I do not believe MOOCs are the technologies of future education.

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  19. Holly

    1) MOOC stands for massively open online courses. They are potentially disruptive technology because although there is interest and high enrollment in the classes, the completion rate of online classes is low. I have not taken an online course mainly because I think it would be hard to motivate myself to complete it. I think a big part of going to university is hearing your teacher and classmates perspective. It’s much harder to have that interaction through online courses.

    2) I think technology will be part of the future of technology but I think human interaction is still a crucial part of education. I think the advancement of technology in education has been very beneficial for people with busy lives or that don’t live close to a continuing education facility. However, I think the majority of students go to post secondary to get an education but also for the social interaction. It also depends on the type of learner you are and which style you prefer. I think technology will continue to be part of the education process but will not phase out the teacher-student relationship fully.

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  20. Jacklyn

    1. A MOOC is a massively open online course. It allows a large number of students to enroll in a course without stepping on campus. Instructors can also teach to larger classes through this technology, as there are no physical classroom restrictions. It is potentially a disruptive technology because many believe the introduction of it may threaten the modern educational system. These MOOC’s are gaining popularity as a new diversified education system.
    2. I can see this technology as the future of education but only for certain people. I know that some people are very well motivated in their studying and are able to push themselves to do their online course work in a timely manner. However, I also know people who need to be in a classroom to learn and benefit from being physically in a classroom forced to learn. I cannot see modern post secondary being completely replaced by this technology but can see it attracting many people, as you can be enrolled in a university class without actually having to go to that university. For myself personally I enjoy going to class meeting new people and having hands on learning rather than sitting at home and learning alone through a screen.

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  21. Quinton Slack

    1)What is a MOOC, and why is it a potentially disruptive technology?
    MOOC is a massively open online course and thousands of people have registered to test the waters. It is potentially disruptive in the modern education system in a sense that most of the users who sign up for these courses rarely follow through and there is no incentive or motivation compelling students to follow through with these assignments and course work. With low completion and a lot of users active in MOOC it is leaving students and others including teachers and people of interest to educational matters doubtful and with false hope of the program being successful or beneficial.

    2) Do you see this technology as the future of education? Why or Why not?
    I personally am a tactile learner and when saying that I find it pivotal in my learning experiences to have hands on training and personal connections with my teachers and peers. Online classes do not hold people accountable as there is no emotion involved and it is proven people learn better through personal interaction, as the majority of learners are also kinesthetic and it is known that auditory and visual learning is rare and becoming a way of the past for learning strategies. I feel strongly that classroom experience and interaction is where actual learning happens and online programs offer nothing but a waste of time and money.

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  22. Olivia Jorgensen

    1. What is a MOOC, and why is it a potentially disruptive technology?
    A MOOC is a massively open online course which emerged in 2012. This is a potentially disruptive technology that might threaten the modern educational system and are continuing to evolve and gain broad acceptance as part of an increasingly diverse marketplace for online education. Due to the increasing amount of courses online, enrollment for classes has gone down in colleges and universities. The Achilles heel of these massively open online courses is that while enrollments have been huge, the number of students that actually complete those courses for credit has remained low. Educators are arguing that new technology would fail because the students are generally less motivated to complete coursework when it is online.

    2. Do you see this technology as the future of education?  Why or Why not?
    I do see this technology being a big future for education, but not big enough that it will actually take over the traditional form of education. I do believe there will be a lot of options for completing classes online and some individuals will partake being the ease, and it fitting into their lifestyle. I still think teachers will be available though for students if they choose to do that type of education. By switching to all online schooling, there would be a huge loss of jobs as well as there are something’s that you need an instructor for, and the computer cannot supplement that.

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  23. Sean Cubitt

    An MOOC is a , massively open online course. It is alternative education platform that is featured over the internet. This idea, or technology, is going to be a major shake up to the traditional education system. But only in places where education is overpriced. Take the USA for example, where this article was written. Roughly 2.5 million were given access to a ivy league professors at an online bases and were able to gain the information at a much cheaper price. But for places that give free education, such as places in Europe, then its not going to affect them in any real way other than lower taxes dollars. Personally I don’t find this disruptive, but I don’t see this as being the future of education either. I think this could be useful, but for some people they won’t have the capacity to motivate themselves enough to complete an online class, with no feedback. Along with not leaving your house to go to lecture, you can have people just listen to it and watch tv or do something else without the constant eyes of everyone around you. Thus taking away your focus from the lecture. I think this has more downside then up, but for single parents with kids, It could see potential upside.

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  24. Ryland Hatton

    MOOC means massively open online course. Its believed it may threaten the modern academic system, as students are generally less engaged with the online courses so they don’t have high completion rates to gain credits. Even though enrolment is high the completion for credits is still low. Therefor students aren’t really getting a full educational experience and cannot clearly say they’ve taken the courses.
    I can see that this technology become more prevalent in the future, but for people to utilize it to the full potential I don’t see that. I still see educational institutes being the stronger force. Although you may see these educational institutes utilizing more online resources. Already some courses at UofL require the use of online text books that are part of the course and use of computers for the class. Also Moodle testing centre is showing a shift to using technology in institutions. At my old university we never wrote exams online and all our midterms were during class hours. So already you can see this shift in teaching methods as profs are less engaged with the class and use noodle testing centres where students get a spit back result as soon as the test is done. Providing us with instant information about our results and we all love knowing everything as quickly as its available.

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  25. Eden Hoff

    1)What is a MOOC, and why is it a potentially disruptive technology?
    A Massively Open Online Course, it is growing in popularity which can have over thousands registered. It is claimed to be a disruptive force in the modern education system. The students that enroll and complete course credit is low, most argue that this is due to the lack of motivation to complete their classes online. High enrollment and low completion has educators skeptical.

    2) Do you see this technology as the future of education? Why or Why not?
    I see it gaining popularity, but not being successfully integrated into the education system. I think nothing can replace the classroom experience and motivation, I think being physically present in education creates accountability on completing classes. Online classes can be abandoned by the click of a button and can stay hidden and incomplete. Personally I did am online class by Distance Learning in high school, I lacked motivation and guidance. Due to my procrastination, it left me a lot of work to do in a short amount of time to complete my course. so I don’t think it would be successful in the modern education system due to lack of motivation, accountability and actual learning.

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  26. missickb

    1. What is a MOOC, and why is it a potentially disruptive technology?

    MOOC means Massive Open Online Course. It is an online course aimed at boundless involvement and open access via the web. With Massive Open Online Courses, people have the option not to enroll in traditional classroom environments. It has the potential to become a disruptive technology, but this is dependent on the degree students, education institutions and employers view and accept MOOC.

    2. Do you see this technology as the future of individual education? Why or Why not?

    This technology has a place in the future of individual education, but it may not appeal to everyone. Some individuals may like this technology, while other individuals may not like this technology. Everyone has a different learning style and this technology may not be applicable to all individual learning styles. And there may be people who simply prefer not to use the technology because it does not interest them.

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  27. Juan

    2. Do you see this technology as the future of education? Why or Why not?
    Yes, I do see this as being part of the future of education. Online education opens up the door for millions of people around the world to further their education. A lot of people are unable to attend post-secondary because it’s too expensive. As the article mentioned most of the people enrolled in the program are in their 30’s. Most people at that age have families to support and cannot attend post-secondary as easily as someone fresh out of high school.
    I also see that this technology has a lot of potential. Right now it’s at a really basic stage. One of the biggest problems with education right now is that it doesn’t fit everyone’s learning style properly. For most student’s lectures move either too fast or too slow. With online classes each student can learn at their own pace. Now obviously there’s the huge problem that a lot of people lack the motivation to get through an entire degree by themselves as the article pointed out, but it does open up the opportunity to those who previously were unable to go to school.
    Now I don’t see this replacing school as the act of going to one place to learn among your peers does offer a lot of benefits. Instead I see this technology evolving and becoming integrated into school. With some years of research and development I can see this technology becoming a personal tutor that learns and adapts to fit everyone’s personal learning style. This could become a tool that everyone starts using in elementary and stays with them for the rest of their lives, helping everyone constantly improve their knowledge and skill sets.

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  28. Grace Clark

    1.MOOCs are massively open online courses. The focus of this article is the world most popular course “Learning How to Learn.” According to the article in 2012 many began to think that these online courses were a threat to the modern education system. It can be argued that the completion rate of the online course is so low because students are not as motivated to finish the online course work. Traditional educators believe that this online course technology will fail. It is crucial for students to experience in-class situations during their post-secondary education. Although the MOOC has high enrollment rates, the completion rate is substantially low.
    2. I do not see this type of technology as the future of education because it is proven that students are less likely to complete the online course work. It is a good idea for general courses that individuals can complete on their own time. However by no means is it a replacement for and individual’s entire education career. As stated in the article “Your average person taking a MOOC has a bachelors degree and is in their 30s” This implies that these students have already evolved in their own academic careers and are capable of the large responsibilities and self-discipline that comes with online course work. This makes a great argument for why the technology of online courses should not be assumed to replace an in-class experience.

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  29. Ella

    What is MOOC and why is it a potential Disruptive technology?
    Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is an online course which consist of an unfettered cooperation in attachment to other courses. This technology is definitely a big issue for the modern day traditional school system whereby students graduating high school find the possibility of not going to college or university rather they prefer home schooling or taking courses online, therefore leaving the economy in a really bad situation for business and the need for unemployment.
    This technology can be disruptive as there will be no needs to further a good education. our modern way of learning is by getting into university or college, attending lectures, getting to meet people who can also educate and inspire you in different ways and aspects of life.

    do you see this technology as the future of education? why or why not?
    I definitely do not see this technology as the future of education, because schools and colleges are however a business as well and there would be a major problem in the society of education over this technology. this way of learning can also make you not to know exactly how the real world of education seems like and by this way you might not be confident or comfortable in the future when it comes to meeting different people and cultures all around the world.

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  30. Wheaton

    1. What is a MOOC, and why is it a potentially disruptive technology?
    MOOC stands for a Massive Open Online Course which is an online educational course system inviting access to students through the internet. This technology can be a big problem for the traditional school system as there would be no need to attend universities or colleges to get degrees, but instead to the same thing from the comfort of your own home. This means less revenue for university, the cities in which they reside, and the overall economy of the entire area. This technology also can be disruptive with regards to getting a good education, due to there being little or no regulating for the students who enrol in them. Possible cheating and plagiarism would be a big issue, and if these student committed this, they would not be properly trained to enter the real world market in which they are educated in.

    2. Do you see this technology as the future of education? Why or Why not?

    I personally do not see this technology as the future of education. The schools and colleges are businesses at heart, and there would be a major fight over this new technology. The replacement of face to face interactions with instructors cannot be replaced, and the discipline required to attend school in a big part with having a proper education. As the pass rates in these courses are low, I cannot see the elimination of real schools for this type of technology anywhere in the near future.

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  31. Jordyn

    What is MOOC? Why is it a potentially dangerous technology?

    MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course. It is the world’s most popular online course, it is an introduction to the art of learning. It is potentially dangerous because it is changing and taking over modern ways of education as in learning and teaching. It also says that students are more likely to not finish these courses and don’t learn as much due to resources. It could also threaten schools and teachers jobs if MOOC continues and more people are enrolled in it.

    Do you see this technology as the future of education?

    I don’t see this technology as the future education because as some people may like it now, as time goes on people will realize how little it actually works and how much it effects people’s learning and the way of teaching. I believe that the modern way of education, actually having to go to a lecture, to lecture and have all the things that come along with actually going to post secondary is much more effective. Taking the odd online course is ok but as stated in the article, plenty of people don’t finish the course because they lack motivation and don’t learn as much because they aren’t actually getting lectured or paying attention. I think MOOC should be more of a learning tool but should not replace education.

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  32. Neve O.

    1) MOOC stands for massive open online course, because almost anyone can take them there is a possibility that it will take over the modern classroom. People want to take online classes because they are flexible, many people have a busy life outside of getting their education but would still like to get a degree or something of that nature to have a jumpstart on trying to get a promotion or start a new company. Another advantage to getting an online education through MOOC which; could also be a potentially disruptive technology is that with online courses people are provided with more resources then they would be in a typical classroom.
    2) I do see this technology as the future of education because I feel that people will never stop improving technology until there is no more technology they can improve. This technology also gives people the freedom to take a class whenever they see fit and not be constrained to a semester, class time, and exam schedule. With many people in there thirties taking advantage of the online program they are still being parents, working, and having a life. The demand for these online courses will continuously grow until it can no longer grow.

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  33. Robyn

    What is a MOOC, and why is it a potentially disruptive technology? And do I see it as the future of education?
    A MOOC is a Massively Open Online Course. Students or really anyone can register for this course on line and receive credit. They have however found that the majority of the people taking these courses have not received credit for them. This is a potentially disruptive technology because there is the possibility that it will change or take over the modern in class education systems. Students are not more likely to complete these courses though, and there are stats showing that students are less likely to complete courses and assignments online do to a lack of motivation. For this reason (a lack of motivation) I do not see MOOC’s as the future of education. I believe that a big reason why students go to school is not only for the education but also for the social interaction. I think that schools are a great way to make friends and develop much needed social skills for the real world. I think that employers would be more hesitant to hire a student who fulfilled their degree requirements solely via online learning. Online learning does not provide the group work and social interaction required to develop a person’s ability to problem solve and resolve conflicts. Without the ability to do these things I think it would be very hard for a person to be successful in the “real world”.

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  34. Carrie Chen

    1. What is a MOOC, and why is it a potentially disruptive technology?
    massive open online courses,Combined with information technology, network technology and high quality education through this platform educational resources to all corners of the world, not only to provide free high-quality resources, but also provide a complete learning experience, showing the combination with the existing higher education system in various may.
    2. Do you see this technology as the future of education? Why or Why not?
    It will be more popular in the future,like in China,but can’t take the place of traditional education.It has many advantages,like many famous universities join this,everyone can have online course for free,breaking the traditional limit the number of courses,provide a complete learning experience and everywhere and ererytime they can study if they want.But learners learn courses online,no one can supervise them.Learner with a strong self-learning ability can timely completion of course content.Maybe it only for the learners who like studying,not for everyone,but in traditional class,the teachers will ask every student to do the homework,to listen to the class carefully,and teachers can communicate with students face to face.

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  35. Erica K

    1. What is a MOOC, and why is it a potentially disruptive technology?
    MOOC is the world’s most popular online course that is a general introduction to the art of learning. It is potentially disruptive technology because it is slowly taking away a small margin of people from the traditional education system. While people might not be completing the course they are still engaging in the option to do a few course here and there.
    2. Do you see this technology as the future of education? Why or Why not?
    No I do not believe this technology is the future to education because while it is convenient people need a structured environment. It is a good tool for people to learning something quickly and gain whatever knowledge they wish to. However, I believe people are already lack human interaction as the Internet and cellphones evolve and now you take people out of the traditional education system the use of social skills declines. People need interaction with other people. I think people enjoy school because of the social aspect and that’s why online learning can be difficult. We are all different types of learners and with online education you are limited to the types of information sharing. While it is nice the option is there I do not think it will overthrow the traditional education system. People are not using MOOC to replace going to school, they are using it as a tool to assist in acquiring knowledge and skills people need without having to enrol in a program in a post secondary institute.

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  36. Mojtaba F

    1. What is a MOOC, and why is it a potentially disruptive technology? 2. Do you see this technology as the future of education? Why or Why not?

    Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are fairly high level courses that, according to the article, “threaten the modern education system.” I fully agree with this statement. Although some may argue that MOOCs are the “future” of learning, I believe that learning (at this level) must take place in a physical environment.

    First of all, as the article suggests, the motivation levels of students decrease significantly in online courses. It is tough to take a course seriously if you don’t even have to leave your bed to take part in it! Additionally, physical learning environments provide a level of learning that online courses simply cannot provide.

    Not to mention, the levels of networking in online courses are almost close to zero. Although, arguably the same information would be provided in MOOCs in comparison to physical, classroom courses, it would be wrong to ignore a major factor of learning, and that is the environment in which the learning takes place. In addition to this, online courses provide a level of interactivity between the students and the instructor that is far from intuitive. Because of these reasons, I agree that MOOC is, apart from being a disruptive technology, something that cannot be used as a substitute to classroom-level learning.

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  37. Wesley Howery

    What is a MOOC, and why is it a potentially disruptive technology?

    MOOC stands for massive open online course and its for people who want to advance their learning ability and current knowledge. MOOCs can be potentially disruptive towards the modern education system because online education is a system that is becoming more accepted in a diverse education market. Massive open online courses gives people the power to achieve an education from their own homes, not having to commute to a post secondary institution, or move away from home. Along with comfort, MOOC’s provide the ability to professors to educate more students at once then the current professor is able to achieve effectively. Another positive factor that MOOCs contribute is the ability to educate students from all over the world. The need for transfer and international students wouldn’t be needed if they could compete the same degree from having wifi in their own nation. A negative factor of MOOCs is that they have a low completion rate giving the feeling of less commitment then a course you physically have to attend. It would be easier to quit then attending a post secondary institution and for this reason I can’t see MOOCs overtaking the current education in the near future.

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  38. Annalee

    1. What is a MOOC, and why is it a potentially disruptive technology?
    A MOOC is a massive open online course that caters to students who want to broaden their learning ability. This system is said to be disruptive because it is taking away the actual learning that students need. The MOOC system is said to be disruptive to the educational system because of its increasing growth and diversity of students. The educational system may be afraid that MOOC will incline students to take the online learning approach compared to the modern classroom learning. As they are evolving in the educational marketplace, they could possibly take jobs away from classroom teachers. I think MOOC is trying to make education more accessible to people because not everyone has the time to go class, especially those with children. With that being said, MOOC delivers a great opportunity for students to take classes online, but it will not fully replace the educational system. There are many people who still enjoy going to class to learn and find themselves to be more productive. As the article had stated, not many students finish the course because they are not simply motivated enough by an online course. The education system will still flourish, but MOOC gives people an opportunity to learn at home if they do not have the time to go to an actual class.

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  39. Jacob Burley

    1. What is a MOOC, and why is it a potentially disruptive technology?

    A MOOC is massively open online course. This enables students from all around the world to enroll in a university course without ever actually stepping foot in said university. This also lets a teacher teach a much larger amount of students that would have ever been possible through any other means. Given that it lets students and teacher interact in a significantly different way it could drastically change the current way the people gain knowledge. In a way it belittles the act of going to get a post secondary education in the way that I am currently. I could learn the same thing from a professor that has more knowledge, for less money without ever having to take on step out of my house. This also brings up the idea that the piece of paper that one gains after completing a university degree is not as important as it once was. If learn the same information through different means without gaining an actual degree does it make me any less knowledgeable in my field? And in turn less hirable?

    2. Do you see this technology as the future of education? Why or Why not?

    While I do see the technology catching on in a big way as an avenue for people to become life long learners much easier, I do not think it will replace the modern post secondary institute. The idea of getting an education is to entrench in the value we give people. While someone could know more without ever attending a real school or gaining a real degree it is very difficult to quantify. University degrees enable us to know without a doubt how much a person actually knows about a particular field. MOOC I see as more of a hobby of sorts for a person rather than a true alternative to a university education.

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  40. Leila Methot

    1. What is a MOOC, and why is it a potentially disruptive technology?
    Massively open online courses (MOOC) is a way of online learning (online education technology) that is said to reach a very diverse market of individuals and help them learn in a new and non-traditional classroom setting. A MOOC is a potentially disruptive technology because it threatens the traditional approach to to the education system and is taking away possible future students from enrolling in classroom environments. These online courses target a variety of individuals that are able to access learning methods in an easy and more convenient method. No longer do you have to physically attend a classroom lecture to gain knowledge, but instead you can be in the comfort of your home learning the same material. Although enrolment numbers have been significant in MOOC, I do not believe that it will considerably affect the traditional educational system as some people prefer to learn in a classroom environment rather than over a computer screen. Numbers have also shown that a significant portion of people who do enrol in online courses do not complete the course. This could possibly mean that although enrolment is high, the success of the online learning is minimal and people still prefer to learn in a traditional classroom setting. In my opinion, the availability of online courses is great to have for individuals who can learn on their own and do not have time to attend a course in a classroom, but these course are not going to eliminate the traditional educational system.

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  41. RH

    MOOCs or massively open online courses, which in 2012 emerged as a potentially disruptive force that some believed might threaten the modern educational system, are continuing to evolve and gaining broad acceptance as part of an increasingly diverse marketplace for online education. It is a potentially disruptive technology as while enrollments have been huge, the number of students that actually complete the courses for credit are and have remained low. This has led traditional educators to argue that the new technology would fail because students are generally less motivated to complete online course work.

    Personally I am indifferent in seeing this technology as the future of education as it has both its positives and negatives. Depending on the person, the weighting for each positive and negative points will be different swaying the opinion either way. This technology helps diversify the options for learning and caters to those who want improve or learn new skills usually unavailable to them but also alienates those who are inexperienced in this field or lack the skills and equipment to use these services effectively. It is, in my opinion, neither good nor bad but as another option for learning a new skill or technique, it can prove to be helpful.

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  42. Richie Hall

    Do you see this technology as the future of education? Why or Why not?

    I do not see this technology as the future of education, at least not for students who are enrolling in secondary education as a means to increase their chances of securing employment which is the most common reason people pursue college/university education. It might be the future of education for those that are honestly attending college/university for the soul purpose of learning but that percentage of students is too small to claim that this technology is the future of education as a whole. For this reasoning, I can’t see MOOCs replacing brick and mortar universities. As someone who has completed online courses before, I know that employers will never value degrees from online education providers to the same extent as brick and mortar universities. MOOCs are too easy to compromise. It isn’t uncommon for students to have hire others to complete their MOOCs if they aren’t keen on the course or have a large amount of money. Furthermore, one of the greatest assets a brick and mortar education provider has the possibility to develop relationships and networks. This is something that MOOCs can never match. Simply put, if a student from a MOOC institution and a student from a brick and mortar institution took the exact same courses all throughout their undergrad, the graduate from the MOOC institution will never be as well rounded or prepared to succeed in the working environment as the graduate from the brick and mortar institution.

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  43. JP

    A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is an online educational course system inviting access to students through the internet. This technology is potentially destructive because it could completely change our current education system. A MOOC provides access to a wide variety of students from anywhere in the world, which creates competition for local education systems. As well, since many students can be served through one course, there would be a decrease job opportunities for professors and teachers everywhere. However, a MOOC also provides added benefits, and I foresee it as the future of education. For starters, Universities will no longer be able to charge students a premium since they can easily access any program they want. Also, since education will be more accessible, more of our workforce will be educated. In addition, people will be able to complete their education from the comforts of their own home. For these reasons, I can see MOOC growing in popularity within the next decade. Eventually, in 20+ years, I can see MOOC replacing aspects of the education system with a more accessible and affordable method of learning. Creative destruction drives innovation and societal shifts, and it will be interesting to see how the education system evolves.

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  44. Blake

    MOOC represents a massive open online course that is said to be a disruptive force towards the traditional education system. It is believed to be disruptive to the education system because it’s labeled as a large diverse market that is able to target plenty of individuals. These people are looking to learn and further their education, with a simpler means of doing so. In result MOOC have captured a large portion of the market with large enrollment numbers. I believe MOOC is capturing a large portion of the market now and will continue to expand in the future. Although people may not be completing their courses they are still learning. It provides an easier way of accessibility for example eliminating the commute to the classroom and providing people with flexibility in their schedule. Although I would expect to see it gain popularity in the future I don’t believe it will completely replace the current educational system because of differences in learning among individuals. MOOC may be able to provide to the needs and wants of some people but not to everyone and therefor people like myself will always prefer the traditional classroom setting.

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    1. Jordan Gunderson

      MOOC is an acronym for Massively Open Online Courses. It is essentially an online course available to anyone, anywhere to learn from a teacher online who may not be accessible otherwise. They are potentially disruptive because they are different from the current modern, normal way of higher education. They offer an alternative source of learning different form a classroom and probably at a lower cost.
      I think MOOC’s are an excellent way to learn and improve in a certain area. I think they could be used in the future by companies to increase training and provide a way for all the staff to learn the same thing on their own time. It eliminates the need to get them all together and allows them to learn it on their own time.
      I do not think MOOC’s can or should replace credentials required to GET a position. Online exams and evaluations can be forged or falsely represented a lot easier than the same testing in a classroom setting. I would not want an accountant who got his degree from watching videos online to manage the numbers of my company because I have no way of knowing if he really learned it or had someone do the work for him.

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