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MOOCs, a topic discussed at CLED 2013


The CLED 2013 virtual congress started in style, with an interesting discussion on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) in which Juan Jos Caldern, Omar Mirata, Mariano Fernndez and Larry Lugo participated; all led by Sybil Caballero, the technical support of Jos Rodrguez and the chronicles of Salomn Rivero Lpez.

Among the interesting aspects that were discussed in the discussion, Caldern stated that MOOCs They are not a panacea, but a scam; and for this it starts from different reflections, such as inability to produce useful content in a massive environment and the verticality of processes in which someone controls what, how, when and from where learning occurs. He adds that MOOCs are not open because you have to get into an institution’s platform, with a password and I am being controlled with all my data, my way of thinking The MOOC is the way to discover those people smart enough to be absorbed by the system itself. MOOCs want to sell a different form of certificates.

For his part, Omar Mirata, although he would not dare to launch an assertion as strong as saying that they are a scam, acknowledges that there is a lot of deception with MOOCs, since they offer a course to someone and then charge them a certification fee. He adds that it exists because those of us who sign up for a MOOC are supposed to have a desire to learn something that we don’t usually learn in the classroom. If they want to learn, it is not understood why MOOCs are a funnel, in the sense that, like traditional education, many people enroll and finish less than 10% or 15%.

On the contrary, Mariano Fernndez s sees in the MOOC a huge opportunity to learn for a huge group of people. It represents, in his opinion, the way out for the outdated school formation problem faced with the need for new skills and perspectives. It also allows learning what they did not learn in school or what they need at work, and also that everyone take what they need.

Finally, Larry Lugo points out that no MOOC model so far has been totally successful. As a negative aspect, Lugo refers that great technological effort is required when the courses are really massive, however, not everything is bad, since MOOCs represent alternatives for those who want to study even teachers. As an ideal outlet for this learning trend, Larry Lugo mentions that individualized learning routes should be offeredHowever, control of those unlimited routes seems to be a utopia so far. We invite you to see the complete recording of the press room:

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