Here’s What Will Truly Change Higher Education: Online Degrees That Are Seen as Official

Kevin Carey, CC BY-SA, Mar 08, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

There is what Kevin Carey sees as "official" and what will really be official. Two different things. Let me start where we agree: "In the long run, MOOCs will most likely be seen as a crucial step forward in the reformation of higher education." But MOOCs will not depend on defending the traditional degree structure in order to be successful. Indeed, the danger of MOOCs to traditional institutions is that they will replace such traditional (and traditionally biased) measures such as 'admitted to Harvard. I've talked about this before: credentials based on what you actually do, rather than whether you qualify for legacy status at an Ivy.

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