Unlike Phil Hill and Michael Feldstein, I’m not exactly comfortable with the prospect of watching myself on TV yet. Nevertheless, I can tell you a few things about the above video anyways.
Unless e-Literate TV has a hidden camera in my office, the tape comes from the MOOC Research Initiative Conference in Arlington, TX back in December. While this is billed as a debate between me and Keith Devlin, we never actually got up on podiums at opposite sides of the room. I did, however, spend a lot of time with Keith in Texas (including over beers), so I pretty much know how this is going to go. Instead of “Keith, you ignorant slut,” it will be more of a debate about where to focus the MOOC discussion.
Keith will tell you about everything that went right with his MOOC. I’ll tell you about everything that might go wrong with everybody else’s. Keith will tell you about what his best math students learned, and I’ll talk about how hard it is to do peer grading in the humanities. Keith will tell you about finding math prodigies around the planet, while I’ll fret about all those students MOOCs will leave behind in America.
See! I don’t have to actually watch my own videos if I actually lived them.