Very thought-provoking statement from George Siemens on Twitter:
I think competency-based learning is where things are going. Learning unit reduced from courses to competencies.
If he is correct (I believe he is), this has a lot of implication on the things we usually talk about in relationship to MOOCs: economics, the University (and the entire formal education system), the student. We don’t talk as much about the social and cultural role of education (to be fair, we don’t talk about it much these days at all), and we talk less about the role of educators and instructors (except when we question their veracity and effect on measurable metrics). It all ties together though, and if we are looking at competencies, we are looking at a marginalization of the educator (at best). It might help a bottom line, but what effect does it have outside of economics?