May 9, 2017
MOOC - The Architectural Imagination
The MOOC I chose to watch was a lecture on the History and Theory of architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Since architecture is something which I have always been interested in, I thought that this might be an interesting lecture to watch. I was actually surprised at how well it was made, I was expecting something like a recording from a regular university lecture, but instead, the lecture was made specifically for the online MOOC course. I found the MOOC on edx.org, which is dedicated to MOOCs in all areas of study which are available from many different universities. On the website there is a detailed description for each course, as well as information on the lecturers and an opportunity to pay for a “verified certificate” that you have completed the course.
In my opinion, MOOCs could improve education quite a bit, but not really in the traditional sense. I think these courses are more appropriate for people who are interested in a particular subject and would like to know more about it, but are not ready or able to take a class at university or to pursue a degree in that subject. But as far as making knowledge more accessible, I think MOOCs could be very useful in the future. A MOOC that I would like to participate in would be similar to the one I viewed on architecture – that means that it has to be well organized and designed in a way that it is easy to follow in an online format, because what works in a traditional lecture will probably not be as effective for someone watching from their computer instead of being there in person.