Free-form responses on MOOCs+Business

Free-form responses. n=20, Business+MOOCS Survey 2/25-26/2103

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What is positive about MOOCs?

Remote access to material/course heretofore unavailable

2/26/2013 3:48 PMView Responses

I had access to professionally presented information that I otherwise would not.

2/26/2013 3:16 PMView Responses

Available anytime and free. Ability to move at own pace.

2/26/2013 7:36 AM

Access to content, arranged logically

2/26/2013 5:22 AMView Responses

“I was there” - like an event, a rock concert.

2/26/2013 12:28 AMView Responses

Admission to content without any restriction. I was impressed how they could use free text responses to qualify the progress of my learning.

2/25/2013 11:34 PMView Responses

You can stop replay. You can discuss with fellow people following the course from all over the world.

2/25/2013 4:24 PMView Responses

Opportunity to learn, free, go at my own pace, take or stop when I want.

2/25/2013 2:18 PMView Responses

Networking with other individuals who may or may not be in your field; Learning more about Google+; Sharing tips; learning from each other

2/25/2013 2:06 PMView Responses

To learn a lot of interesting thigns from great professors in great universities, for free. To spread knowledge around the world.

2/25/2013 1:43 PMView Responses

exposure to thought leaders

2/25/2013 1:41 PMView Responses

open access, open educational resources, networking with interesting people, freedom for own learning goals

2/25/2013 1:28 PMView Responses

I have no idea, as I haven’t participated in one as instructor or student.Anything I say will simply be repeating what I’ve heard from others.

2/25/2013 1:27 PMView Responses

Their reach and low cost.

2/25/2013 1:13 PMView Responses

Able to share a lot of information to people who might not otherwise have the opportunity.

2/25/2013 12:59 AMView Responses

public access to great knowledge JIT

2/25/2013 12:43 AMView Responses

N/A – still learning

2/25/2013 11:42 AMView Responses

I have never experienced them

2/25/2013 11:37 AMView Responses

xxx

2/25/2013 11:25 AMView Responses

Free. Time-shifted.

2/25/2013 11:24 AMView Responses

Access to knowledge

2/25/2013 11:21 AMView Responses

What’s negative about MOOCs?

Easy to fall behind

2/26/2013 3:48 PMView Responses

When you have 45k+ people in a course, there will be a subset who complain about grading, how info was presented, personal issues with the instructor, … and all the other distracting stuff in the message boards. I guess some people expect the same 1:20 attention you find in smaller colleges from a free, online, non-certificate program. I think I got more than my “money’s worth;” others would complain if it rained $100 bills because they couldn’t make change.

2/26/2013 3:16 PMView Responses

Many I have participated are lecture/video based. Not enough interaction. Where there is interaction, it can be overwhelming due to scale.

2/26/2013 7:36 AMView Responses

impersonal, not sure they’re pedagogically interesting.

2/26/2013 5:22 AMView Responses

Drinking from the firehose.

2/26/2013 12:28 AMView Responses

-

2/25/2013 11:34 PMView Responses

No face to face.

2/25/2013 4:24 PMView Responses

Completion rate. I dont care about it. Learning informally ils what I care.

2/25/2013 2:18 PMView Responses

When they go bad, they go down in a blaze (eg Fundamentals of Online Learning). The crowd can be particularly harsh and scathing.

2/25/2013 2:06 PMView Responses

Pedagogy in xMOOCs. But why can’t we improve it ? That is the challenge !

2/25/2013 1:43 PMView Responses

have to be truly self-directed to be successful

2/25/2013 1:41 PMView Responses

xMOOCs move the whole thing into the wrong direction.

2/25/2013 1:28 PMView Responses

I have no idea, as I haven’t participated in one as instructor or student. Anything I say will simply be repeating what I’ve heard from others.

2/25/2013 1:27 PMView Responses

Potential quality issues.

2/25/2013 1:13 PMView Responses

Was a bit hard to stay focused (most likely b/c I wasn’t focused on a particular degree/path/credit and therefore it took a back seat).

2/25/2013 12:59 AMView Responses

drop out rates, massive

2/25/2013 12:43 AMView Responses

Is it merely the same academic model transferred to the web?

2/25/2013 11:42 AMView Responses

I have never experienced them

2/25/2013 11:37 AMView Responses

xxx

2/25/2013 11:25 AMView Responses

Lack of social interaction

2/25/2013 11:24 AMView Responses

That I feel very much like I’m on my own unless I go in with a group to do it.

2/25/2013 11:21 AMView Responses

 

Observations?

People who are prepared to learn and are willing to accept some limitations of the paradigm are successful. Those that need external motivation or lots of hand holding will not find this fruitful.

2/26/2013 3:16 PMView Responses

MOOCs require strong motivation on the part of the individual learner. In my experience, many people want to be told what they have to know in a defined time and format. I also find that people are willing to set aside an hour for a real-time experience, but find it easy to put off spending an hour on an asynchronous activity. I think MOOCs can be a tremendous tool and advantage for motivated and interested learners – I’m less sanguine about there potential for required or mandated training.

2/26/2013 7:36 AMView Responses

Your term Business+MOOC: Does it rather imply that businesses are going to make use of the content delivered from universities or that businesses are going to make their content available to the public? Or both?

2/25/2013 11:34 PMView Responses

Business do already. See: https://openhpi.de/course/inmemorydatabases https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fFRO8JlRts More on Wednesday :-)

2/25/2013 4:24 PMView Responses

I have had an active interest in MOOCs for the last two years. I work in the corporate world and to date have not seen any application of this – really, is it in their best interest? Is it their core business? Does it drive revenue? Companies are happy to have their staff attend MOOCs for professional development but I have yet to see if a corporation would create a MOOC. There may be a possibility of the ‘crowd’ seeing through any hidden agendas – is the corporation trying to sell their products and services? Is it trying to collect information from them? Still, i could be totally wrong! It could be a great opportunity to connect companies with their customers? In my experience of the Australian L&D market, many people in my profession (and industry) don’t know what MOOCs are. However, I’d love to be involved in the first project of its kind if a corporate decides to create one. It would be a first for Australia….

2/25/2013 2:06 PMView Responses

In corporate learning, many companies want customized training . That couldn’t be massive.

2/25/2013 1:43 PMView Responses

there is A LOT more learning that needs to be done on this topic for businesses to be successful in implementing MOOCs. They have to learn what the underlying theory is to truly understand their value

2/25/2013 1:41 PMView Responses

Left out my college.

2/25/2013 11:24 AMView Responses

I think there needs to be clear connections to whatever a business values for it to take off. I see this as a vehicle for product or services companies that replace webinars… and in that way, they’ll be useful maybe to organizations as a marketing vehicle, guised in education.

2/25/2013 11:21 AMView Responses

People who are prepared to learn and are willing to accept some limitations of the paradigm are successful. Those that need external motivation or lots of hand holding will not find this fruitful.

2/26/2013 3:16 PMView Responses

MOOCs require strong motivation on the part of the individual learner. In my experience, many people want to be told what they have to know in a defined time and format. I also find that people are willing to set aside an hour for a real-time experience, but find it easy to put off spending an hour on an asynchronous activity. I think MOOCs can be a tremendous tool and advantage for motivated and interested learners – I’m less sanguine about there potential for required or mandated training.

2/26/2013 7:36 AMView Responses

Your term Business+MOOC: Does it rather imply that businesses are going to make use of the content delivered from universities or that businesses are going to make their content available to the public? Or both?

2/25/2013 11:34 PMView Responses

Business do already. See: https://openhpi.de/course/inmemorydatabases https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fFRO8JlRts More on Wednesday :-)

2/25/2013 4:24 PMView Responses

I have had an active interest in MOOCs for the last two years. I work in the corporate world and to date have not seen any application of this – really, is it in their best interest? Is it their core business? Does it drive revenue? Companies are happy to have their staff attend MOOCs for professional development but I have yet to see if a corporation would create a MOOC. There may be a possibility of the ‘crowd’ seeing through any hidden agendas – is the corporation trying to sell their products and services? Is it trying to collect information from them? Still, i could be totally wrong! It could be a great opportunity to connect companies with their customers? In my experience of the Australian L&D market, many people in my profession (and industry) don’t know what MOOCs are. However, I’d love to be involved in the first project of its kind if a corporate decides to create one. It would be a first for Australia….

2/25/2013 2:06 PMView Responses

In corporate learning, many companies want customized training . That couldn’t be massive.

2/25/2013 1:43 PMView Responses

there is A LOT more learning that needs to be done on this topic for businesses to be successful in implementing MOOCs. They have to learn what the underlying theory is to truly understand their value

2/25/2013 1:41 PMView Responses

Left out my college.

2/25/2013 11:24 AMView Responses

I think there needs to be clear connections to whatever a business values for it to take off. I see this as a vehicle for product or services companies that replace webinars… and in that way, they’ll be useful maybe to organizations as a marketing vehicle, guised in education.

2/25/2013 11:21 AMView Responses

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