Monthly Archives: January 2014


One Class, 14,000 Teachers

A couple of weeks ago I entered a room listed on my course schedule for a seminar called “The History and Future of Higher Education” with little to no idea of what to truly expect. I read the syllabus and course explanation before the first day of class but could not wrap my head around what a MOOC was or what it had to do with me. As part of our course, we were going to be “community leaders” for a MOOC titled, similarly, “The History and Future of (Mostly) Higher Education.” My colleagues see…


MOOCs and the Promise of Internationalization

The MOOC's Chinese edition.

The MOOC’s Chinese edition.

A MOOC at Duke University, “History and Future of (Mostly) Higher Education,” opened on Monday morning. A few of us gathered in the university’s Smith Warehouse, anticipating a rush of technical questions about the online course. None came.

Instead, people from around the world began to introduce themselves. The first comment was from Britain, then from Germany, China, Brazil, and Quebec. Introductions from a few American cities—Boston, Des Moines, and Asheville, N….


When Meta-MOOC Meets Wiki: Transforming Higher Education

Since May, I’ve been working just about nonstop on an intellectual and pedagogical extravaganza that I refer to as “Meta-MOOC.” It is “meta” in the sense that one part of this effort is a MOOC (massive open online course) partly about MOOCs. Starting on January 27, I’ll be teaching a six-week course, “The History and Future of (Mostly) Higher Education: Or, How We Can Unlearn Our Old Patterns and Relearn for a Happier, More Productive, Ethical, and Socially-Engaged Future,” through Duke Universi…