One of my great frustrations in researching the MOOC movement is the extended lack of ancestry or theory provided by seminal thinkers, pundits or researchers. From reading existing lit, one would assume when God and Adam were creating the animals out of dust, they created the MOOC too.
Big Media, Little Media is a 1977 book from a collection on “People and Communication,” this entry written by Wilbur Schramm. Its purpose is to evaluate the use of various media (radio, film, picture, multimedia) in various modes of education (formal, informal, classroom, distance). It provides an excellent historical account of the use of various media throughout the documented history of education, and its vision of the future is ominous considering the book is 35 years old. Continue reading