Inside Higher ED has a post by Steve Kolwich about the opening keynote at Educause. In his keynote, New York University’s Clay Shirky addressed the openness (or lack thereof) of MOOCs, which he considers the more provocative aspect of MOOCs than their size. The whole piece is focuses on the relationship between MOOCs, Open Educational Resources (OER), and the terms of service of some of the new commercial providers of MOOCs ( e.g., Udacity, edX, Coursera). The full article provides an interesting look at the whole issue.
Excelsior College has identified free–or inexpensive–online courses for students to use to prepare for proficiency examinations. The resources are listed in their study guides for those exams. According to William M. Stewart, a spokesman for the college, they are looking to MOOCs as they develop as additional resources for this purpose. He said that MOOCs and competency based examinations are part of the “post-traditional era of higher education.” Even in this new era, however, “the world still requires some credible evidence, credible proof, that you’ve learned what you say you’ve learned.”
Link to Excelsior College’s “Exam Content Guides and Documentation” page.
Excelsior College “A Guide to Open Educational Resources (OER)”
Excelsior College Examinations (ECEs) page
Quotes for William M. Stewart are from Inside Higher ED