Monday, May 20, 2013

Laptop U

Nathan Heller's "Laptop U: Has the future of college moved online?" (New Yorker, May 20, 2013) does an excellent job of covering the continuing debate over the promise and peril of MOOCs as a way of "saving" higher education -- or at least creating savings for students, or maybe profits for somebody somewhere at some time in the future.  I especially appreciate the coverage it gives to the problems that online teaching presents for the humanities, which are never as easy to translate to the online environment as science or math courses.  Because of all the complex issues it takes on, I think this article is more useful than Amanda Ripley's "College Is Dead.  Long Live College" from TIME Magazine (October 18, 2012) which featured in my class this past term and I will likely use it when I teach the course again in the Fall.

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