Return of the MOOCs

Mene Ukueberuwa, City Journal, Feb 02, 2018
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This article offers a bit of a history of MOOCs but is mostly (starting about a third of the way in ) an article about the Modern States "freshman year for free" project (no explanation why they couldn't use the long-established gender-neutral term 'frosh', as in 'frosh year for free', or even 'first year for free'). It's marketing. “'We want to be an on-ramp into the traditional system,' he (founder Steven Klinsky) tells me (author Mene Ukueberuwa), explaining how the platform’s courses could help, say, a cash-strapped college student finish a suspended degree or a full-time worker shave time off her course of study." Taxpayers, meanwhile, foot the bill, while Modern States operates in cooperation with EdX. Via Audrey Watters.

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