Are educational podcasts the next MOOCs?

Are educational podcasts the next MOOCs?

Reported by EdSurge, there is a growing subculture of educational podcasts run by academics outside of their office university responsibilities, often from those who want a larger audience than their university classroom provides. These podcasts provide a fascinating platform to go off-curriculum, while digging deeper into their personal passions, all completely free for the listener.

But especially without a credential at the end of the journey to earn, podcasts will only do what the very best MOOCs do – serve a hyper self-motivated audience.

The takeaway? We confuse the democratization of education with the democratization of learning. Educational podcasts, just like the very best MOOCs, and just like the very best library cards are amazing at making learning free for the very self-motivated student. But if our goal is to scale student success beyond that, we need to keep looking.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.