The underlying inequality of MOOCs

Alicia Mitchell, District Administration, Aug 28, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

OK, this is true: “People need to learn how to learn – they need some basic level of education and the ability to study. Students from disadvantaged backgrounds often lack this (or they wouldn’t be disadvantaged).” And yes, it impacts MOOCs. The question is, do MOOCs make this more of a prroblem or less of a problem. I won't pretend to know the answer to this. But I think I can say that this suggests that the 'disadvantaged background' argument isn't automatically an argument against MOOCS.

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