Online learning in GLS?
Will MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) such as Coursera change the nature of higher education? This was a topic overheard in many conversations at the AGLSP Convention in October. Since one of the roots of Liberal Studies is an “open university” ideal of lifelong access to learning, this is an issue that many GLS faculty and administrators take very seriously. While many GLS programs are centered around traditional seminar classes, some programs feature online courses, or a mixture of distance learning and traditional classroom learning.
What is the mix of your program? Does it fit with your program’s mission? Is technology bringing us new ways of fulfilling our mission as educators?
In case you missed it, here is a link to a recent MIT Technology Review essay by information technology scholar Nicholas Carr on the ways in which online learning may — or may not — change the University.