[ This post was published on another site on April 30, 2015]
A response to David who asks: “How could we move on, how could we build…”
I have had that feeling of deja vu for a while, it started after the honeymoon period of being in the open was over.
Initially I liked the ‘free for all, no rules’ ethos as I compared it to doing research in an institution. Then, the many years of academic training kicked in and I started to see the underbelly of it all.
This sense of deja vu came over me as I read dodgy methodologies and outputs being used as evidence for ‘how learning is for all’ and ‘how the university will be (has been?) replaced by the MOOC or its latest incarnation’. I am less optimistic than you and feel quite helpless at the ignorance I see touted as ‘good’ research out there….yet…