Wednesday, April 22, 2015
What Problem are ASU and EdX Solving?
Wise and worldly readers, am I missing something? Does the ASU/edX solve a problem I’m not seeing?
I'd chalk this move up to another 'entrepreneurial' gambit by Michael Crow. He has big visions for ASU becoming one of the great universities of the future based on his idea of regionalism (with Phoenix/Tempe as the center of a SW region stretching from CA to TX and both north and south).
It's also worth noting the local CC context, in which the state just zeroed out its funding for the two largest CC systems (Maricopa and Pima). As that seems likely to drive up costs, ASU will be in a position to (potentially) benefit from the shrinking cost differential without actually admitting those otherwise CC bound students (and having them then count against its graduation rates).
For a student at Big State U., I see no difference between a MOOC and a 300 student lecture hall for, say, Intro Psych. All I recall from that course from my UG days was boring lectures and 50 question multiple choice tests. That's still par for the course at most Big State U's or Directional State U's.
Not quite sure I understand how such courses are superior to a well developed MOOC with verification of ID etc.