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Does Europe need its own Mooc?
Alex Katsomitros, Mar 29, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

this article takes the perspective tha the only activity related to MOOCs is happening in the United states and raises the question of whether Europe should get its own MOOC. I read this question to mean, "should Europe get its own commercially-funded and massively hyped MOOC." As in , "A European Mooc will need to have its own brand name, degree awarding powers and a viable business model that would attract international students, not just Europeans." But as readers of this newsletter know, there is plenty of MOOC activity taking place outside the United States, but not with the same relentless commercial fervour.

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Re: Does Europe need its own Mooc?

What Europe needs is an organized structure to offer OER, or a really open and freely accessible set of MOOCS. Even if it competes with the US - and wins for not satisfying greedy people.

The collapse of social structures will other wise dictate a huge loss of attendance, less education, etc.

Just cut the hype (trim the fat) and redirect existing resources to do this, the sooner the better.

Good grief!

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