For a long time, online education was like online dating. You knew it existed and it may have proved beneficial, but the social stigma was too great to take the plunge. That is not the case today. As a matter of fact, some of the world’s most respected universities are offering online courses for students abroad. Yes, even Harvard.
Online platform Coursera has evolved as a leader in the emerging space. Their mission is “to give everyone access to the world-class education that has so far been available only to a select few.” I have heard a lot about education on the web. I have even checked into a few courses myself. Never have I heard impressions of the phenomenon from the perspective of a professor.
Duke University’s Roger Barr, professor of biomedical engineering, offers his bioelectricity course on Coursera. In a lengthy interview with IEEE Spectrum, he shares varied thoughts on teaching to the masses. He discusses everything from dealing with an expressionless audience to what courses would most likely not be successful online. I encourage you to check it out if you have the time. It gives a unique view of an evolving space.
Via [IEEE Spectrum]