Online Course Platforms Offer Paid Freelance Gigs to Professors

Steve Kolowich, Observatoire de Paris, May 31, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Is this your new next job? "Udemy, an online-education company, offers anyone, including professors, the chance to design and teach an online course. Instructors set the prices for their courses, which tend to run from about $30 to $100 per student, and take home 70 percent of the revenue." Better run the numbers before you take the gig; a ten-week course means each student is paying $2 per day, which means you need 50 students just to make minumum wage. This is the sort of math that converted journalism from being a profession to being the worst job in the world.

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