Established education providers v new contenders

Unattributed, The Economist, Jan 13, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This article makes the point that "the MOOCs are on to something." Why? Because they show that education at scale can be done quickly and cheaply. They may show this, but even more to the point, they show that there a hige demand for free or low-cost learning. But I want to point you to a piece of pure fiction in this article. Look at the graph, which shows the number of MOOC users rising exponentially. At the end of the graph, and without any data to justify it, it levels off over the year 2017. Why change the direction of the line like that? (The image is credited to Class Central but Class Central doesn't appear to have this image anywhere on their site). Via Helge Scherlund.

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