A great discussion on MOOCs: why they’re all the rage, what it’s like for an educator to see truly involved, truly engaged students, and finally, how MOOCs can be a viable business.
A few brief comments:
Online courses, with their immediate feedback system, satisfies our innate need for immediate gratification. Agarawall calls it gamification of the learning process; it’s making use of the reward circuitry.
Students commenting on how they’re learning by teaching: of course! I didn’t gain a deeper understanding of materials I learned in high school (and university) until I started tutoring.
I’d also love to try learning physics with the circuits software they have..