George Siemen’s reflects on an up and down year for MOOCs

George Siemen’s offers a calm and rational review of the our current place on the MOOC hype cycle. Here are some highlights I took from his post:

the complex challenges that society faces can only be met through a learning architecture that emphasizes knowledge generation over knowledge duplication…

The open vistas of a bright future where MOOC providers moved from success to success were replaced with a fatigued resignation that MOOCs were appearing to take their place in a lineage of many, many failed predictions of educational transformation…

Fact of the matter is, MOOCs are here to stay, in some form or other…

MOOCs have forced a serious assessment of the idea of a university and how education should be related to and supportive of the society in which it exists…

Content is increasingly open. Teaching has become more open, due partially to the rise of MOOCs. Credentialing, however, remains locked and closed…

I recommend that if you are interested in MOOCs and open education you should read this post and reflect on the progress made in the past 12 months and now on whether all this progress will be lost in the face of the first obstacles and set backs. I dearly hope not!