Obama, MOOCs, and Mentorship in the Classroom

I wanted to share an interesting contribution to a recent American Historical Association Roundtable on President Obama’s College Affordability Plan.  Historian, Elaine Carey notes the President’s mention of MOOCs and offers her own insights into this burgeoning classroom setting (and its advantages and disadvantages).  She raises an important observation about the role of continued mentorship in students’ lives within the context of some MOOCs: “The adjuncts who teach online may not be renewed year to year, ensuring that the students will have little ongoing contact with the instructor once the course had ended. Thus, students will not have the opportunities to further work closely with an instructor they admire on an undergraduate research project that demonstrates their mastery of important skills.” You can check out her entire post here.