Coursera’s New Strategy Takes Inspiration From Netflix—and LinkedIn

Jeffrey R. Young, Sydney Johnson, EdSurge, Feb 02, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Coursera is continuing its migration from being a MOOC provider offering free online learning to a subscription-based learning provider charging fees for access to learning materials. The model, as this article points out, has already been established by Netflix (for videos) and Microsoft (for its LinkedIn owned Lynda course platform). According to this article the big problem with the model is the size of the courses ("meaningful education cannot be delivered at massive scale") but of course the real problem for students is the course fee.

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