Tagged with MOOCs

In Our MOOC Moment, Public Opinion about Teacher Quality Irrelevant

The New York Times published an editorial last month, “Why Other Countries Teach Better,” that compared three countries to the U.S. and raised concerns that poorly trained teachers would lead to an unprepared workforce for the global labor market. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, defended teachers in response, noting that, reforms … Continue reading

In California Senate, Student Success Trumps Tradition

California is a state of higher education contrasts. Faced with severe budget cuts, the state’s community colleges curtailed course offerings and closed their doors to new students. In 2009-10 alone, 140,000 first-time students were kept out; between 2008 and 2012, campuses reduced course offerings by 24 percent. Observers estimate that hundreds of thousands of students … Continue reading

Keeping an Eye on Online Test-Takers

Millions of students worldwide have signed up in the last year for MOOCs, short for massive open online courses — those free, Web-based classes available to one and all and taught by professors at Harvard, Duke, M.I.T. and other universities. But when those students take the final exam in calculus or genetics, how will their … Continue reading