This is prominent topic today in education. Where and how do courses, like MOOCs, fit in traditional and professional education?
At the University of Memphis, there is not a good course offering on writing skills for graduate students. In my anecdotal and formal evaluation experiences, poor written and verbal communication skills are a serious deficit for our college graduates. There are a half-dozen or so MOOC offerings that address written communication on various levels. I came across one called High Impact Business Writing reviewed the overall content and thought the offering was appropriate for one of my students in particular. I then noted that the course was part of a Career Readiness specialization of offerings that seemed to address aspects of training the student would find useful based on their career interest in museum administration.
When I reviewed the suite of nine courses in the specialization, I realized that much of the content expands on what I now cover with all of my advisees in our biweekly workshop meetings. I…
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