Beyond MOOC Hyperbole: Why We Should Support MOOC Experimentation … Critically and Carefully by Siva Vaidhyanathan

This is the first post based on the MOOC “Current/Future of Higher Education 2012“.  (available at this page)

Since I joined this MOOC late, I ended up listening to recordings of presentations instead of attending live events. This one was for Week 1 (direct link at Here are some key ideas as they relate to my work and experience:

  • Siva Vaidhyanathan takes a Critical view on MOOCs based on his experience at the University of Virginia. High expectations of his university to offer MOOCs and some controversies around it.
  • He’s still positive about Moocs and their potential esp. for the marginalized, disenfranchised populations.
  • He’s hopeful that Moocs could help identify the best technologies for more traditional courses.
  • Privacy of students’ data including grades – one of his concerns
  • He cites, a website that offers MOOCs, apparently sensitive to student privacy data
  • Another concern of his is the talking head mode in which most MOOCs are delivered

FInal notes:

Some neat courses I personally liked at

  • Surviving Disruptive Technologies
  • Introduction to Sustainability
  • Writing in the Sciences
  • Social Network Analysis

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