Personae Dramatis

Unlike Rodney Dangerfield, they do get respect.

Jenn Tucci Headshot

Jenn Tucci graduated from Shawsheen Tech in May and is going into the University of New Haven later this month.

Emilia Headshot

Emilia Spina is going into the 11th grade at Lowell Catholic

Lian Headshot

Lian Juergens is going into the 10th grade at Wilmington High.

MOOCs

“Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are free online courses available for anyone to enroll. MOOCs provide an affordable and flexible way to learn new skills, advance your career and deliver quality educational experiences at scale.

Millions of people around the world use MOOCs to learn for a variety of reasons, including: career development, changing careers, college preparations, supplemental learning, lifelong learning, corporate eLearning & training, and more.”

Source: https://www.mooc.org/

Food for Thought

The oldest remote learning course is from 1728:

when Caleb Phillips placed an advertisement in the Boston Gazette seeking students eager to learn shorthand through weekly mailed lessons

Ok, that wasn’t Zoom but rather what’s called a Correspondence Course. Where lessons would be mailed and the answers mailed back. They still exist today.

A History of Correspondence Course Programs

And on a more relevant note, the oldest truly online course was in 1986 with the Electronic University Network. The EUN’s offering worked:

with DOS and Commodore 64 computers…students had to use proprietary software and communicate over phone lines.

https://www.petersons.com/blog/the-history-of-online-education/