Extreme eLearning

13 Jun

You’ve heard of extreme sports — bungee jumping, skydiving, rock climbing.  Activities that make you wonder, “why would they do that?”  That was the same question I had during class last night when we talked about MOOCs… massive open online courses.  Why would any professor want to teach thousands of students?  HOW could any professor teach thousands of student?  The Chronicle of Higher Education asked that question, too, of several different professors, including Curtis J. Bonk, professor of Education, Indiana University at Bloomington (  In his comments, he talks about several of the elements discussed in the chapter we read for class including assessment, interaction, and communication.  You can read other professors’ thoughts on teaching MOOCs here.


Posted by on June 13, 2012 in ADLT 640


2 responses to “Extreme eLearning

  1. bwatwood

    June 14, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Glad your curiousity was tweeked! We’ll discuss MOOCs more later in the course. A lot of my fellow bloggers and Twitter network have pushed back on Bonk teaming with Blackboard, as Blackboard does not have a good reputation when it comes to “open”.

    • joanneeven

      June 14, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      This is the first course I’ve taken that uses Blackboard in such an integral way, so I’ll be curious to see it “in action.” I was interested to read (after I found this article) in the eLearning Outlook blog post we read for tonight that Blackboard may be bought this year or go bankrupt!


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