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MOOCs are Massive Open Online Courses (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massive_open_online_course). The MOOC scene may have its fair share of skeptics, and rightfully so. When MOOCs are used as competition or even heavy supplement to university learning

MOOCs are Massive Open Online Courses (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massive_open_online_course). The MOOC scene may have its fair share of skeptics, and rightfully so. When MOOCs are used as competition or even heavy supplement to university learning

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Chase commented on MOOC as a Piece of the Puzzle

Completely agree. Maybe an ed startup could step in and work that balance over corporate influence by working closely with the company to produce a pedagogical aim at the proper subject matter all the while maintaining a distance from the non-career aspects.

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Chase commented on MOOC as a Piece of the Puzzle

David, I certainly see that being a possibility. Maybe the model for MOOCs must be driven by an absolute applicability for a particular industry; in fact, maybe the corporations could actually run and/or sponsor MOOCs and use the graduates as a skilled hiring pool. I've seen MOOC-like implementations work decently well as in-house training platforms for large organizations where mass training is otherwise costly and thus neglected. Maybe the model could look something like that only built as a front-end of the HR process...
However, a reliance on that would almost certainly restrict innovation and progress in the long term as young people might forego or limit the inherent value of a liberal arts curriculum in favor of the more direct value of the industry-specific MOOC. There would need to be a balance so that it doesn't seem too much like a dystopian-workforce-assembly-line kind of thing. Scary!