A decade ago, the massive online curriculum known as MOOCs was all the rage, being recognized as a potential alternative to traditional college, and was being celebrated in the popular press. We don’t hear much about them these days, but they’ve never gone away – in fact they’ve grown out of epidemics.
So much so that one professor thinks higher education might be anxious किंवा or at least colleges should try to learn something from these well-funded endeavors.
He’s Robert Talbert, a professor of mathematics at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, and he’s the one who spent a lot of time thinking about how to improve college teaching. He has also written a book about the approach called “Flipped Learning”, where professors ask students to watch lecture videos before coming to class so that class time can be more focused on experiences and other types of learning.
Talbert withdrew the MOOCs when they first started and were not affected. But now that companies like Coursera have grown into Adtech giants — the company went public in March and is valued at more than $ 3 billion तो he was curious to see what their offers are like these days.
So this summer, Talbert jumped at the chance to take some relatively new Corsera courses पूर्ण completed a series of six-courses to get a certificate in Project Management, jointly offered by Corsera and Google.
Talbert recently wrote about this experience On his blog, Asking the question: “Is traditional higher education troubled by online course providers?”
The AdSerge podcast spoke to Talbert about his experience and the lessons he learned.
There is a conversation about how much can be automated about teaching and what exactly is the importance of having a live instructor?
EdSurge: I think you’re like one shop owner, you’re secretly walking around another store to see how it compares.
Robert Talbert: It was definitely a lot. Let’s face it, we have competition in traditional higher education. We move away from this. We don’t want to be a corporation or a business, but the fact is that we compete with other people in a closed market with limited resources. And so it’s just a smart thing to see what other people are doing. And it’s also kind of fun to see how different people do things differently.
The question you asked while writing this for your blog is, ‘Is traditional higher education troubled by online course providers?’ What answer did you expect?
I wasn’t quite sure. But [I expected] That feedback loop is not there. You can go to one of these courses and you just click the button and you don’t interact with the other person. And the feedback loop is at the center of all human learning processes.
How was your day
The material and the product were really, really polished. The majority of universities cannot touch the quality of the video, the programming, the choice of tools, the construction of the teaching materials that Corsair has.
One thing I didn’t expect to see was just the quality, the educational quality of the teaching materials. They put in some serious time and effort — perhaps a small army of suggestive designers put it all together करण्यासाठी to design what we were studying, the sequence of activities we did, and just pay so much attention to detail in everything that it is. For college professors, even with some collaboration from their IT department, it’s hard to do something of that quality. I was surprised that pedagogy got so much better.
So did you have a relationship with a professor or other students?
The answer is definitely no because there were no professors in the course. It can be good and it can be bad. Each course has a guide [as a Google project manager.]
[The grading was peer graded.] And there wasn’t much work in the grading that happened. There was no quality control and no training on how to use rubric.
A grader of my age, once, gave me 2 out of 10 because he said you don’t have a greeting, you don’t have this, you don’t have that. But it was there [what I submitted.] So I thought,]Can I talk to the manager and reinstall this? But there was no email. There was nothing you could do. And so I posted on the discussion board and no one responded. So I just went back and resubmitted the exact same work without making any changes and I got 10 out of 10 from someone else. So not exactly the highest level of quality control.
So back to your question – traditional higher education from online course providers is in trouble – what is your final answer?
My final answer is yes, but not really. The answer is not certain.
But in traditional higher education, it’s better to pay attention to these people and stop writing to them. They are no longer jokes. They’re catching up really, really fast. And as I said, they have numbers, incredible amounts of money and resources. And they are paying attention to what we do, so we need to pay attention to what they do, otherwise we will fall completely behind them.