I spoke on Wednesday with Daphne Koller, one of the founders of Coursera, the Stanford spinoff that is one of the big players in the for-profit MOOC world. She vigorously disputed the notion that the MOOC model was less appropriate for humanities education than for the hard sciences. Koller believes that with the right grading “rubric” students can grade each other’s papers even on issues of critical reasoning and grammar, thus solving seemingly daunting logistics problems.
Let the mocking begin posthaste.
Update: OK, my head has recovered after exploding earlier this morning. I’m going to put together a longer post on this for Monday. For now, my working title is “The magic rubric,” so nobody is allowed to steal that in the meantime, OK?