This session is scheduled for 3:30-4:20 in the Hirshon Suite (205), 55 W. 13th Street
The report of MOOCs’ death was an exaggeration. They may no longer be featured in the Times on a weekly basis and some companies (cough … Udacity … cough) may have abandoned their original missions to provide free education. But hundreds of universities on dozens of platforms continue to offer thousands of courses. And enrollments totals have entered the tens of millions (usual caveats about “completion” still apply). While the hype around MOOCs has died down, their continued, indeed, strengthened presence means we must continue to pay them mind. In fact, it may be more important than ever for the humanities to critically consider the present and future of MOOCs as administrations start seeking concrete evidence of return on (an often large) investment.