MOOCs do not represent the best of online learning

“But thus far, little attention has been paid to the quality of MOOCs.  Quality in online learning can be defined in many ways: quality of content, quality of design, quality of instructional delivery, and, ultimately, quality of outcomes.”

The article, at Inside Higher Ed, goes on to question the quality of MOOCs as online education.

It’s not the same thing as online education.  It’s edutatinment, and some education, online.  But it’s not real online education.  I am not sure why we are even comparing MOOCs to high quality online education, with instructor presence and a regular classroom (albeit asynchronous and virtual.)  MOOCs are the same thing with online classes.