“Academic leaders increasingly think that massive open online courses are not sustainable for the institutions that offer them and will ‘cause confusion about higher-education degrees.’"
“In 2012, 26 percent of academic leaders disagreed that MOOCs were ‘a sustainable method for offering courses.’ In 2013 that number leapt to 39 percent.”
"The chief academic officers at institutions with the greatest experience and exposure to traditional online instruction are the least likely to believe in the long-term future of MOOCs"
“When the Paris Exhibition closes, electric light will close with it and no more will be heard of it”. Professor Erasmus Wilson, Oxford University, 1878
"Students today depend on paper too much. They don't know how to write on a slate without getting chalk dust all over themselves. They can't clean a slate properly. What will they do when they run out of paper?" Principal's publication, 1815
"Students today depend too much upon ink. They don't know how to use a pen knife to sharpen a pencil. Pen and ink will never replace the pencil." Journal of the National Association of Teachers, 1907
“In March 2012, Britannica's president, Jorge Cauz, announced that it would not produce any new print editions of the encyclopaedia, with the 2010 15th edition being the last.”
"I was categorically against my students using it altogether. I would explain that there are simply better, more trustworthy places to find information," says Shulman. "Now, I'm more open to what Wikipedia offers. Saying it's off-limits won't stop students from using it, so I've switched to helping students understand when it's useful and when it's not." (Prof. Shulman, Case Western Reserve University)
“The Internet? Bah!” Newsweek, February 27, 1995, by Clifford Stoll:
“Visionaries see a future of telecommuting workers, interactive libraries and multimedia classrooms. They speak of electronic town meetings and virtual communities. Commerce and business will shift from offices and malls to networks and modems…Baloney. Do our computer pundits lack all common sense? The truth is no online database will replace your daily newspaper, no CD-ROM can take the place of a competent teacher…Try reading a book on disc. At best, it’s an unpleasant chore: the myopic glow of a clunky computer replaces the friendly pages of a book. And you can’t tote that laptop to the beach. Yet Nicholas Negroponte, director of the MIT Media Lab, predicts that we’ll soon buy books and newspapers straight over the Internet. Uh, sure...So how come my local mall does more business in an afternoon than the entire Internet handles in a month? Even if there were a trustworthy way to send money over the Internet—which there isn’t—the network is missing a most essential ingredient of capitalism: salespeople…“While the Internet beckons brightly, seductively flashing an icon of knowledge-as-power, this nonplace lures us to surrender our time on earth. A poor substitute it is, this virtual reality where frustration is legion and where—in the holy names of Education and Progress—important aspects of human interactions are relentlessly devalued.”
Let's be careful as learned academics huddling together in our enclaves, while poring over our research results, of making bold proclamations about the demise of MOOCs which sound somewhat akin to the (mis)quote from Mark Twain - "“Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated”.
Something BIG is coming, let’s be brave enough to at least look out the box, even if we are unsure, or afraid, to step out of the box just yet. However, either way, change is imminent in our long-overdue world of academia, regardless of whether we say “MOOCs? Bah!” or not.