Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Radio Free MOOC?

This article about the radio-based "MOOCs" of the 1920s and 1930s is a great read.  There are some big differences between the current phenomenon and what is described therein that I want to mention:
  • In the early-mid 20th century, college was not the seemingly necessary ticket to the middle-class life that it has now become.
  • The expense of college had not spiraled upwards as it now has.
  • The Internet was not available to facilitate two-way communication as it now can.
Aside from those points, I think the basic thrust of the article is on-target.