Coursera MOOC or MOOCPIT?

Coursera is the Great Stanford for us little boys to peep about its great legs?  Or is the MOOC simply a dumping ground of bad lectures, bad lecture notes, too few examples and poor explanations of homework problems?

See the previous post which analyzes a possible case of this. All comments are preliminary.

The Supreme Court in Brown said 50 years of bad education is enough to say it is bad.   Math education consists of poor lectures, a couple examples of simple cases, a lot of unexplained terminology, homework problems that go way beyond the examples and try to trick you on obscure cases not adequately covered in lectures, and then when you don’t get it, you are dumb.

MOOC courses have drop out rates of 90 percent or higher?   So it is the same story as the filter theory of university math courses?

Stanford doesn’t have to teach computer science well.  Because of Google, Stanford CS doesn’t have to actually teach.  If you don’t get it, Stanford just says you are dumb. They trained Google, so if you can’t get the explanation of the homework problems, it is you who are not Google material.

Not to mention how much of Google really came from the NSA.

http://hackeducation.com/2012/07/23/mooc-drop-out/

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/07/overblown-claims-of-failure-watch-how-not-to-gauge-the-success-of-online-courses/260159/

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/20/education/edlife/anant-agarwal-discusses-free-online-courses-offered-by-a-harvard-mit-partnership.html?_r=1&ref=education

 

 

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Author of Pre-Algebra New Math Done Right Peano Axioms. A below college level self study book on the Peano Axioms and proofs of the associative and commutative laws of addition. President of Mathematical Finance Company. Provides economic scenario generators to financial institutions.
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