So I started my World History MOOC and watched the first lecture this afternoon. So far, it’s a guy standing in front of a blue screen talking about globalization.
Now if you know anything about me you’d know that this should be right up my alley. In fact, it is right up my alley. Then why am I bored? 1) Other than the segmentation, the lectures aren’t organized at all. 2) There has been precious little specific information yet. It’s literally almost ALL concepts. No events. Almost no specific people. 3) Let’s just say in terms of television presence, Jeremy Adelman is no Carl Sagan.
Yes, I know you get what you pay for, but I expected Princeton and Coursera to at least do something in the MOOC format that they couldn’t do otherwise. Even the multiple choice question you get at the end of each lecture segment is derivative of what people now do with Clickers.
If I had to guess, Adelman handed his regular world history class to Coursera and they made a MOOC out of it. I thought the whole point of education technology was to blow up college instruction and put it back together again in a new, better way.
If this kind of course makes anyone unemployed, it’s not because they’ve built a better mousetrap.