The Internet Agenda

Mark Edmundson, Inside Higher Ed, Oct 24, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

"Suppose Internet courses do begin to bring in revenues," writes . The universities who are the senior partners with providers like Coursera could very quickly become dependent on their partner. What will these partners want? "They will want to make as much money as they can without breaking the law. And to do so, they will begin demanding the sort of courses that will sell best, not only in America but around the world." Additionally, "the courses will also have to be radically inoffensive." If mass market movies are any judge, we will not be long in transitioning from highbrow to lowest copmmon denominator.

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