April 1, 2014 at 12:30pm ET
months of hype and hope about MOOCs, or massive open online
courses, one thing is clear: they aren’t very good at
teaching those most in need of education. Instead, they’re
serving the education “haves”: About 80 percent of people
taking MOOCs already have a college degree. But free online
courses may still spark an education revolution, in ways
that their biggest proponents hadn’t guessed. This talk will
take a closer look at who is taking MOOCs and why, and
examine how free courses fit into broader Internet trends.
Jeffrey R. Young is an editor and writer for The Chronicle of Higher Education, where he leads the paper's coverage of technology and its impact on teaching, research, and student life. He is also an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Maryland at College Park, teaching a course on multimedia storytelling.
Young has written for national publications including The New York Times, New Scientist, and The Wall Street Journal. An article he wrote was selected for the anthology The Best of Technology Writing 2007.
At The Chronicle, Young leads a team of three reporters, and also writes a monthly news-analysis column called College 2.0 about how technology is changing campuses. He also contributes to and oversees content for the Wired Campus blog, and is co-host of the monthly Tech Therapy podcast. He joined The Chronicle in 1995, and has previously led the paper’s Students section, focusing on issues of college admissions and student life. In 2007, Young took a yearlong break from writing to become The Chronicle’s first Web editor, helping start blogs, podcasts, and multimedia features.
Young is a frequent speaker on issues of education and technology, having given talks at the South-by-Southwest Interactive conference, at education events, and on campuses. He received a bachelor’s degree in English from Princeton University in 1995 and a master’s in communication, culture, and technology from Georgetown University in 2001.
He is also author of the e-book, Beyond the MOOC Hype: A Guide to Higher Education's High-Tech Disruption.
Last updated April 03, 2014