No Need To Study

Unattributed, Oct 11, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I suppose this was inevitable: "NoNeedToStudy take online college classes for you,while you can concentrate on your professional responsibilities and assignments." This is what happens when the credential is more important than the learning. Your reaction at first glance is probably similar to mine: that it's wrong and even immoral. But from the perspective of a busy professional, it might be seen as no different from search-engine optimization (SEO) for students. Indeed, there's a lot of overlap between the two. Now, like me, you may also feel that SEO is wrong and even immoral. But most institutions practice it - and if it's OK to artificially augment one's web standing, it's hard to argue that it's wrong to artificially augment one's academic standing. So simply denouncing the service will not be effective; we need a better answer. (p.s. cheesey photo too, consistent with most institutional advertising).

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