Posted by Preetha Ram
Under the leadership of C21U Director Rich DeMillo, current Distinguished Professor and former dean of the Georgia Tech College of Computing, GT is offering its first MOOC class. In addition to the GT students taking it for credit, DeMillo has invited everyone and anyone to join in this learning journey with the GT students. The GT course follows the Change MOOC being offered by George Siemens, Stephen Downes and Dave Cormier. What this means is that students of this course will read, discuss, collaborate and otherwise study the content being curated by the trio. They will encounter not only thought leaders from around the world, but classmates from around the world. How will they do all this? Blogs, twitter, posts, emails, and all that and their very own truly global study group on OpenStudy to groupthink and share.
But what a amazingly good idea! Take a few minutes to appreciate the magnitude of this step. Allowing GT students, the traditional registered kind to mingle, partake of, study with, and otherwise co-learn with nonGT and folks from wherever. Has this been done before? Are we not knocking at the traditionally walled gardens of colleges and universities? This folks is a true leadership moment, and both GT and DeMillo are to be commended. It is dangerous territory for a traditional educational institution, untested waters for sure, and like with any disruption, could lead anywhere. Where do you think it will lead?