The Limits of Open

Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed, Feb 01, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

At a certain point they should be required to drop the word 'open' from their offering, right? Coursera has now started charging op front for students to take some of their courses. As George Siemens says, the company is "playing a short-term venture capital game" instead of offering open courses. "The deep pool of a visionary and re-architected future ended up being about as thick as a dollar bill." Of course, this is a story that - given the actors - could have ended no other way. Silicon Valley investors were never going to risk their money for the common good.

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