MOOCs Work Great for Blended Learning!
Although a very small percentage of institutions of higher education are currently offering MOOCs, debate surrounds whether these courses will bring education to the masses who cannot or choose not to enroll in a university, and whether or not they dilute the power and rigor of traditional college courses. Karen Vignare is associate provost in the Center for Innovation in Learning at the University of Maryland University College. Vignare explains that MOOCs may well provide particular opportunities for blended courses to take advantage of the rich amounts of well-curated and delivered content available in these large, open classes. On increasing numbers of campuses, MOOC content is being used to enhance blended courses, acting as a kind of textbook and freeing instructors to spend more time working with their students and tailoring education to their needs.