Wednesday, May 29, 2013

MOOCification and summer programs

I was walking across campus today and saw the usual crowds of high school and middle school students doing various summer camps (the U. does a GREAT - yes it's called GREAT - summer camp in robotics/graphics, for example).

In our MOOCified future where all classes are taught by "course assistants" who report to "quality assurance staff", will there still be a way for excited middle and high school students to come to a university campus and get an interactive hands-on education at a camp ? I don't doubt that Udacity (or Coursera, or edX) will be happy to spin off a junior varsity division for the high schoolers (and if you do, please note that I said it first). And that will be one more demographic that the university loses as our educational mission gets sliced and diced.

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