A Future Education Blend | p2p, DIY & MOOC's

From Emergent Africa Thu Jan 3 2013, 06:00:00

In Oreilly Radar Andy Oram presents a counterpoint to the notion that MOOC's represent the future of education as we know it. He contends that "DIY and peer-to-peer exchanges are more fertile grounds for development":

courtesy of Makezine

Two more appealing trends are already big. One is DIY courses, as popularized in the book Fab by Neil Gershenfeld at the MIT Media Lab. O'Reilly's own Make projects are part of this movement. Fab courses represent the polar opposite of MOOCs in many ways. They are delivered in small settings to students whose dedication, inspiration, and talent have to match those of the teacher -- the course asks a lot of everybody. But from anecdotal reports, DIY courses have been shown to be very powerful growth mechanisms in environments ranging from the top institutions (like MIT) to slums around the world. ...

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