MOOCs creator George Siemens gets connected

The Gates foundation and George Siemens make an unlikely alliance.

The foundation has spent nearly US$500 million towards getting more students to finish their degrees, among other things, and while massive open online courses may have a role to play, Siemens is a relic from a time before MOOCs became reoriented to scale and economics.

But Siemens does not dislike edX and Coursera, purveyors of the newer, more massive MOOCs. He says he is impressed by their reach, especially overseas. The connectivism scholar likes talking about theory, but more than that he wants to make a difference.

“If you’re sitting there with your MOOCs theories,” he says, “and then there are these people at Coursera who are literally changing people’s lives, there has to be some boundary on your personal rhetoric”.

via University World News.



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