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‘The dog ate my homework’
May 1st, 2013 by Warren Swil

Massively open online classes (MOOCs) are promising but no panacea

MASSIVELY open online classes, or MOOCs, are all the rage in education today.
Some are proclaiming they are the panacea for a multitude of educational woes: overcrowded classrooms, huge spikes in tuition fees, lack of funds, not enough classes to accommodate all who want them.
The solution: Put the lessons on the web!

Larry Gordon’s Column One article in the Los Angeles Times of April 19, “Taking notes in pajamas,” (the online version has a different headline) was spot on in many ways.
Online classes have potential but there are pitfalls.

Don’t you just hate when this happens?

Through its web portal Titanium, I am currently enrolled for credit in Communications 407 at CSU Fullerton under the tutelage of Prof. Genelle Belmas.
It is a class in First Amendment law.While our semester is not yet over I’m doing reasonably well … we have had three quizzes and a mid-term. Unlike Gordon, I scored 100 percent on Quiz 1, 96 percent on number 2 and 90 percent on the third quiz. I scored 89 percent on the midterm.


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