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The D Gets Tough

I live in the hope that The D will toughen up and play a more forceful role on campus. That day might be here. The Verbum today, written by the editorial board — Editor-in-Chief Lindsay Ellis, Executive Editors Stephanie McFeeters and Michael Riordan, Publisher Carla Larin, and Opinion Editors Katie McKay and Lorelei Yang — wonders just why it is that the College joined edX to produce MOOCs, when the College’s great strength resides the classroom experience. They note that the bloom is off the MOOC rose as poor empirical results come in about the courses. Their conclusion:

Though spreading knowledge and giving those outside of Hanover access to Dartmouth faculty is a noble goal, the decision to offer online courses seems odd and poorly timed. Introducing MOOCs does little to emphasize Dartmouth’s strengths as an institution. In fact, it seems to be little more than a publicity stunt.

Good for them.

Addendum: We have noted in the past how ineffective MOOCs are, at least in their current incarnation, and how Dartmouth’s deepest vocation is incompatible with mass-produced education.


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