MOOC spotlight creating academic celebrities
- MOOCs are bringing concerns such as wardrobe, continuity issues and social media buzz to the fore in academia.
- With tens of thousands of students watching one professor, the word “star” is sometimes being used.
- Some professors are being recognized in ways far beyond what they are used to and are receiving more online feedback than they have in the past.
Perhaps the best anecdote in the Globe's story is from a professor who teaches a music production MOOC and had a groupie show up during office hours. “She was starstruck,” Loudon Stearns told a reporter. “She asked if she could take her picture with me.”
- Boston Globe For online professors, a celebrity side effect