This week, in honor of MediaShift’s launch of EducationShift, we’re turning our gaze to one of the biggest issues in higher education: digital disruption — with the advent of online education, e-learning and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). If the New York Times called 2012 “The Year of the MOOC,” then two years later, it’s high time to check in on how the buzzy education model has worked out. Prestigious schools including Stanford, MIT, Harvard, Princeton and others have all jumped on the bandwagon, partnering with MOOC providers to put free courses online for the masses. But recently, dropout rates as high as 97 percent have cast doubt on the benefits of MOOCs. How effective are MOOCs, and how might they contribute to future models of education? Adn, what about other models of online education, like e-learning? We’re joined by Rosental Alves, Director of the Knight Center that has created a variety of journalism MOOCs, and MIT postdoc Daniel Seaton, who co-authored a review of MIT and Harvard’s MOOCs. Regular panelistsAndrew Lih of American University and Reuters’ Felix Salmon will also pitch in. As usual, PBS MediaShift’s Mark Glaser will host.

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