The Journal Nature on MOOCs


The international weekly journal of science, Nature, published a review of the current state of online learning

Online learning: Campus 2.0. Massive open online courses are transforming higher education — and providing fodder for scientific research.

Some quotes:

Virtually everyone participating in this upheaval agrees on one thing. Colleges and universities will change — perhaps dramatically — but they will not disappear.”

An unspoken irony weaves through almost every discussion about MOOCs: thanks to innovations such as flipping, online technology’s most profound effect on education may be to make human interaction more important than ever. As Krakauer puts it, “what’s absolutely clear is that the very large lecture hall can be completely replaced: there’s no value added over watching it at home on an iPad screen with a cup of tea. But there is also no substitute for a conversation.”

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