MOOC Sense at Amherst: Prestigious US Liberal Arts College Chooses “Close Colloquy” over “Information Dispensing”

In today’s Chronicle of Higher Education:

Amherst’s rejection of edX, decided by a faculty vote, could mark a new chapter for MOOCs—one in which colleges revert to their default modes of deliberations and caution. “I think we’re at the early stages of that honeymoon period coming to an end,” says Richard Garrett, vice president and principal analyst of the consulting company Eduventures. [Garrett is referring to the “pace of adoption” which has “shocked even the founders of the MOOC platforms.”]

. . .

“For a while it really felt like a rocket ship, with folks desperate not to be left behind,” says Peter Stokes, executive director of postsecondary innovation at Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies.

“I think that phase has passed, and the folks who are starting to do the work are starting to realize that these efforts … have real costs for the institution,” says Mr. Stokes.

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