This fall, in North America, a new open course is starting on open learning, the meaning of connection and in what ways is it really possible to engage in distributed learning at a distance. There have been disparaging remarks at the degree to which innovation & learning is really possible at the scale that massive open courses have achieved. What’s innovative in the pedagogy that characterises learning patterns for at scale that are heavily “designed” and in so doing make the ad hoc small group discussion difficult if not impossible? More bluntly, how is video recorded lecturing to 100k learners an improvement in pedagogical practice? The question raised is does scale prevent good pedagogical practice?
This is one of many questions I hope to explore with others in the upcoming Connected Courses learning event staring this September.