Summary: Massively Open, Online Courses (MOOCs) have risen to prominence in the
last few years with the efforts of companies like Coursera, Edx, and
Udacity. People have hailed MOOCs as the beginning of a
higher-education revolution, one that promises to change how a college
course is delivered for both students and professors alike. However,
are MOOCs the next big thing in education or simply an online fad that
will fade away in the coming years?
Professor Michael Kearns, CIS professor and founding director of the
Penn program in Networked and Social Systems Engineering (NETS), gave
the flagship course of the program, Networked Life, over Coursera this
past Fall. In this seminar, he will sit down and give his first-hand
viewpoint on Coursera and the MOOCs. In particular, he will talk
about how he thinks future courses will be shaped by MOOCs, and how
we, as educators, can do a better job as a result.