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April 16, 2012

Forget the business case, open online courses are about learning
Bonnie Stewart, The Guardian, April 16, 2012.

Open online courses are covered in the Guardian (I guess we've hit the big time). "In a Google-able culture replete with neo-liberal demands for reform, efficiency, and innovation, Moocs help those of us interested in emergent ideas participate in a public learning experience that is otherwise not really available by conventional means."

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Online and Underpaid?
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed, April 16, 2012.

It may be depicted as a phenomenon unique to online learning, but it is worth keeping in mind that pay rates for adjuncts have been poor and getting poorer for many years now. University professors need to think about what a world looks like where their work has become a commodity. Perhaps now is the time to express more sympathy with piece-workers and agricultural laborers. "Effective February 7, 2012, Argosy University Online will transition to one adjunct rate for undergraduate courses of $1,600 and one rate for graduate courses of $1,800."

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