CEC Faculty Articles

Title

From the Desk of the Executive Editor: The Newest Disruptive Technology- MOOCs

Document Type

Editorial

Date

Winter 1-1-2013

Publication Title

Journal of Applied Learning Technology

ISSN or ISBN

2160-0953

Volume

3

Issue

1

First Page

3

Last Page

4

Description

Every few years, a new technology appears on the education stage that promises to educate many, minus the labor-intensive teacher/facilitator. Unions protest, teachers shiver, money is invested, and soon the whole thing quiets down. Programmed instruction promised to replace teachers and improve learning at the same time. Computer-based learning made the same promises, as did its networked spin-off web-based learning. The fact is that a great deal may be learned from all technologies: correspondence, books, radio, video, CDs, television, the Internet and more. Field trips provide excellent content. No one should disparage the learning opportunities afforded to all people at all times from multiple sources.

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