Some subscribers to Math-Teach might be interested in a recent post "Re: Tech Mania Goes to College" [Hake (2013)]. The abstract reads:

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ABSTRACT: David Kirp, in his "Nation" report "Tech Mania Goes to College" at <http://bit.ly/18jtThe> wrote: "It's time to push the pause button, not just on the San Jose State experiment but on MOOC mania generally. While modified MOOCs like the flipped classroom hold great promise, the pure MOOC model looks like a failure. . . . . thereís no cheap solution to higher educationís woes, no alternative to making a serious public investment, no substitute for the professor who provokes students into confronting their most cherished beliefs, changing their lives in the process."

I've argued that "It's time to push the pause buttton" on MOOCs in discussion list posts (a) "Is Higher Education Running AMOOC?" [Hake (2013a)] at <http://yhoo.it/12nPMZB>, and "Re: 'Laptop U' Misses the Real Story" [Hake (2013b)] at <http://yhoo.it/13JDqKM>.

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 Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University; Links to: Articles <http://bit.ly/a6M5y0>; Socratic Dialogue Inducing (SDI) Labs <http://bit.ly/9nGd3M>; Academia <http://bit.ly/a8ixxm>; Blog <http://bit.ly/9yGsXh>; GooglePlus <http://bit.ly/KwZ6mE>; Google Scholar <http://bit.ly/Wz2FP3>; Twitter <http://bit.ly/juvd52>; Facebook <http://on.fb.me/XI7EKm>; Linked In <http://linkd.in/14uycpW>.

 

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Hake, R.R. 2013. "Re: Tech Mania Goes to College,online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at <http://bit.ly/16REEsG>. Post of 22 Sep 2013 13:50:17-0400 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract and link to the complete post are being transmitted to various discussion lists and also on my blog "Hake'sEdStuff" at <http://bit.ly/18jvdmm> with a provision for comments.