Great artefact, Sean – really nice use of visuals and clearly laid out!
Your mention of discussion forums as the only means of interaction – designed in a very prescriptive way with a rigid structure – resonates with many experiences I’ve had on (x)MOOCs in the past. Also, you point out the ‘one-way transmission of information’ – which again seems common in some courses – and brings to mind the ‘banking concept of education’ that Paulo Freire (2014 : 72) critiques:
‘Education thus becomes an act of depositing, in which the students are the depositories and the teacher is the depositor.’ (Freire 2014 : 72)
Some great observations and visuals and very thought provoking – thank you!
Freire, P., 2014 . Pedagogy of the Oppressed: 30th Anniversary Edition. New York: Bloomsbury Publishing USA.