Appropriately enough since the last post was about my own foray into MOOCs, a couple of articles on the subject showed up in my newsfeed. Ian Bogost suggests that this new trend is nothing more than a marketing tactic, and that participating universities are “drunk on the dream of being “elite” and willing to do anything to be seen in the right crowd making the hip choices.” On the other hand, this article from Slate mostly echoes my sentiments, that Coursera and similar resources won’t replace traditional education, but can be useful tools to enhance it, or provide access to people who might just want to learn something new. On the OTHER other hand (my foot?), this article talks about what teaching a MOOC is like and how many disadvantages there are. I consider myself to be, overall, an honest and ethical person, so the point that MOOCs were a “cheating-rife” environment had not occurred to me. Also, although there’s talk of students grading each other (pretty sure that’s how my Science Fiction and Fantasy course is going to work) and essay autograders (no idea how that’s supposed to work), I think it’s very important to note that the MOOC format just may not be a good fit for subject areas where discussion and collaboration are more vital.