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MOOCs are free online courses. Apparently, Harvard offers many free courses on their website. From what I have read, MOOCs often have a very low completion rate - which means that many students sign up but few finish them.

What do you guys think of MOOCs? Good bet or bad bet?
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#2
24,

I've only taken OT theology courses online and I am not trying to become a preacher or theologian, I just want the knowledge.

Are these MOOCS for (A)degree work or (B)knowledge alone? If (B) and you just want more knowledge, why not take them? If (A), take them, too. You can always just drop it like other people have or succeed and advance your career efforts.
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(08-11-2014, 06:21 PM)Anonymous24 Wrote: MOOCs are free online courses. Apparently, Harvard offers many free courses on their website. From what I have read, MOOCs often have a very low completion rate - which means that many students sign up but few finish them.

What do you guys think of MOOCs? Good bet or bad bet?

Some links to support your thesis would help. S22
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#4
I've been posting links for the Hillsdale free on-line classes, primarily the history classes, the ones on the Constitution, and the one on classic literature. For me, most of these are to refreshen and add more detail to what I already studied. I've always lived by the motto that you are always growing and changing. When you stop learning is when you start dying. The Hillsdale courses are good, because they are definitely not the Progressive P.C. pablum filled with untrue facts and disinformation. I wonder if Harvard can fit that bill, too.

I wouldn't want to take courses by idiots and liars, like Ward Churchill, or the Ferret, even if they are free. Can you imagine a free on-line course put together by Obama?
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(08-12-2014, 09:35 PM)WmLambert Wrote: I've been posting links for the Hillsdale free on-line classes, primarily the history classes, the ones on the Constitution, and the one on classic literature. For me, most of these are to refreshen and add more detail to what I already studied. I've always lived by the motto that you are always growing and changing. When you stop learning is when you start dying. The Hillsdale courses are good, because they are definitely not the Progressive P.C. pablum filled with untrue facts and disinformation. I wonder if Harvard can fit that bill, too.

I wouldn't want to take courses by idiots and liars, like Ward Churchill, or the Ferret, even if they are free. Can you imagine a free on-line course put together by Obama?

I registered for the Hillsdale constitution course on your recommendation but couldn't make the time. Maybe I can get around to it.
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#6
The main problem is that most MOOCs are non-credit. Now, you do get a certificate for having taken them, but I'm not sure if this means anything to most universities. Can an MOOC help you get admitted for a Master's Degree?
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#7
There are two paths. One is the insular education community that is totally self-serving - and the other is the real world of business and experience. Most recruiters like people with success stories - not just credentials. You can't get tenure by being an intern at a radio station, for instance, but your career track is faster.

The dirty little secret is that personnel directors at universities favor success and experience over "just" credentials, so having both is preferred - but they are invested in the system themselves, so don't rock the boat and often give the mediocre teaching positions..
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#8
well, it turns out that to take even a single course is exorbitantly expensive, so the MOOC route seems to make more sense right now.

I read an article recently that some colleges are considering giving credit for MOOCs. I will post it here if anyone's interested.
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