Jun. 26, 2013 by Wesleyan Alumni Community
The Boston Globe talks with Jonathan Haber ’85 about how he plans to MOOC his way through college in one year. Jonathan, who earned an old-fashioned BA in Chemistry at Wesleyan, is on a mission to earn a BA in Philosophy through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). One of his courses is “The Modern and the Postmodern,” taught by President Michael S. Roth ’78.
Nothing is hotter in the education world right now than the massive open online course, or MOOC. Behind the goofy acronym is an idea that flips the old “online degree” on its head. Instead of Internet diplomas offered by sometimes dubious schools for a price, MOOCs make an elite education available to anyone, typically for free but without course credit.
But how completely can online courses reproduce the college experience? Lexington writer and entrepreneur Jonathan Haber wanted to find out. This January, he set out to earn a “one-year MOOC BA.” He is trying to cram about 32 courses, all free, into 2013—with enough breadth and depth to fulfill the distribution requirements for a bachelor’s degree in philosophy.
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