The Professors Who Make the MOOCs

Steve Kolowich, How-to-Geek, Mar 18, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Survey of 103 people (probably most of them professors) who have designed and offered a MOOC. Interestingly, most of them who participated did so for altruistic reasons (which makes a mash of Coursera's business model) while a few - such as those who had written textbooks - did it to "protect their roost." Many of them see a positive outcome for MOOCs (though I am not at all certain the Chronicle sees this as positive): "Two-thirds believe MOOCs will drive down the cost of earning a degree from their home institutions, and an overwhelming majority believe that the free online courses will make college less expensive in general."

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