Excellent article by George Siemens and the recent state of MOOCs.
My favourite paragraph:
And, what learners really need has diversified over the past several decades as the knowledge economy has expanded. Universities have not kept pace with learner needs and MOOCs have caused a much needed stir — a period of reflection and self-assessment. To date, higher education has largely failed to learn the lessons of participatory culture, distributed and fragmented value systems and networked learning. MOOCs have forced a serious assessment of the idea of a university and how education should be related to and supportive of the society in which it exists.
I am delighted and amazed to see the range and quality of available online courses for adult education through outstanding universities and schools across the world. Although already a jazz musician I signed up for a 6-week improvisation course with Gary Burton at the Berklee School of Music, starting in October. What a great opportunity to learn with the best - and this will be a re-visit for me to get my brain thinking about jazz again - something I do not do enough of these days!