Government suffered a defeat of sorts in recent days when it lost by three votes, its bid to host the Arms Trade Treaty headquarters in T&T.
You are here
Will MOOCs make more mooks?
MOOCs are Massive Open Online Courses. They typically last for seven weeks and are offered by well-funded American entities like Coursera, Udacity and edx. Coursera works with universities to make their courses available online, Georgia Tech is involved with Udacity and MIT, Harvard and the University of California at Berkeley with edx.
The proffered intent is to make courses from prestigious universities available to students worldwide. There is also quite a significant array of offerings for secondary school students. MOOCs are being hyped as the next big wave in education. A “mook” is Trinidadian slang for a shy and or socially awkward/dysfunctional person.
One critical outcome of traditional schooling, at all levels, is the development of social skills through interacting with fellow students and teachers. The MOOC approach to education is one to one: student and computer screen (“computer screen” here is used in a generic sense to include tablets and smart phones). What impact will this have on students? Already the experience is that Facebook, WhatsApp and the Internet are producing disruptive behaviours in both the classrooms and in social situations.
User comments posted on this website are the sole views and opinions of the comment writer and are not representative of Guardian Media Limited or its staff.
Guardian Media Limited accepts no liability and will not be held accountable for user comments.
Guardian Media Limited reserves the right to remove, to edit or to censor any comments.
Any content which is considered unsuitable, unlawful or offensive, includes personal details, advertises or promotes products, services or websites or repeats previous comments will be removed.