Whither MOOCs?

Larry Cuban, , Jul 08, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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Larry Cuban weighs in on MOOCs, and leaving aside his use of the ridiculous Chronicle MOOC diagram, has some generally useful things to say. But. His argument is based on what strikes me as a mistaken premise: "One issue is money. States have reduced funding for public higher education institutions... So how can MOOCs be converted into a revenue stream for money-strapped institutions?" The supposition here is that MOOCs need to support universities at their current level of expenditures. But why should that be the case? If we're going to make the financial argument, why can't MOOCs be successful by significantly lowering expenditures? Of course, nobody in academia wants to touch that side of the equation - which is why they appear as though they are blindsided whenever something like MOOCs comes along.

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