Our PILOT attempt at enabling equitable access to learning that is informal, inter professional, collaborative and easily accessed from anywhere, anytime and through any device the student chooses
This was a course on Medical Professionalism and had students from Africa, the South Asian subcontinent , Europe and Australia. The students were from a varied inter-professional background — doctors, nurses, head of NGO’s , students. The contributors included subject matter experts from the Mayo Clinic, Professors from South Asia and Australasia.
The internet had suddenly enabled a nurse in rural Ghana to access education from the best minds in the field who were thousands of miles away — at her own time and in the device of her own choosing.
The internet truly enables empowerment. Could this be one of the many solutions to foster a more equitable world ?
Great article on the Emerging Student Patterns in MOOCs by Phil Hill
Can the success of MOOC’s really measured by attrition rates alone ?
Do we need a different paradigm in measuring success of MOOC’s
In this article Jonathan Haber argues that the numbers could be misleading and ends it with a provocative last word
Before my MOOC launched, I did a quick back-of-the-envelope calculation of how many students I’ve ever had in the classroom, since I started teaching in grad school. And the number I came up with was, approximately 1400. The number of students who completed my MOOC is approximately equal to the number of students I’ve had in the classroom in my entire career. The number of students who were active in the MOOC (Total Active Students) turned out to be approximately an order of magnitude more than the number of students I’ve had in the classroom in my entire career. Contemplate that.
In the very least, I suspect , MOOC”s enable equitable access to online education for inquisitive souls across geographic and institutional boundaries . And if you happen to be an inquisitive soul from under- privileged background — that could only be a good thing for you.
And maybe in one those souls we could just discover the next Steve Jobs
Nanodegrees by Udacity
Could Nanodegrees be the answer to MOOC attrition rates by adding value through courses that people need , employers value and can be certified.