US Mooc platforms’ openness questioned

Chris Parr, Distance and E-Learning (EURODL), Apr 04, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The Times Higher Education supplement is now asking the questions we've all been asking. Patrick McAndrew, professor of open education at The Open University, praised the work of platforms such as Peer to Peer University and the OpenCourseWare Consortium for 'really being careful to do everything in a way that truly meets criteria of open'. 'However, a lot of the organisations involved more recently, like [US Mooc providers] Coursera and edX, have not paid so much attention. Often you can’t actually see into the [course] materials until you make a commitment,' he said. 'They are creating a sort of closed community in the open.'"

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