Massive open online courses (MOOCs) and high cost online courses (HCOCs) have become extremely popular for students around the world, but are they
the right choice for the future of AI education? The editors of
this special report crowdsourced questions about MOOCs
and HCOCs and selected the top 10 questions. They were
then posed to educators with unique and relevant experiences to lend their perspective on the issues raised by those
Douglas H. Fisher, associate professor of computer science
and computer engineering at Vanderbilt University, has done
extensive work on adapting MOOCs to the bricks-and-mor-
tar classroom. He was the founding director of the Vanderbilt
Institute for Digital Learning. Fisher detailed his experience
in several published articles (Fisher 2016, Bruff et al. 2013).
Charles L. Isbell, Jr., senior associate dean and professor at
the College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology
(Georgia Tech), was integrally involved with developing a
successful online program (HCOC) that was recently mentioned in the New York Times (Carey 2016). He detailed some
of his work in the proceedings of the Third Annual ACM
Conference on Learning (Joyner, Goel, and Isbell 2016).
Michael L. Littman, a professor at Brown University developed an online machine-learning course, together with
Isbell. He gave an invited talk at the Fifth Symposium on
Educational Advances in Artificial Intelligence (EAAI- 14)
about his experience teaching this online course.
Ask Me Anything About MOOCs
Douglas H. Fisher, Charles L. Isbell, Jr., Michael L. Littman
Compiled and edited by Michael Wollowski, Todd Neller, James Boerkoel
n In this article, 10 questions about
MOOCs (crowdsourced from the recipients of the AAAI and SIGCSE mailing
lists) were posed by editors Michael
Wollowski, Todd Neller, and James
Boerkoel to educators Douglas H. Fisher, Charles Isbell, and Michael Littman.