MOOCs instead of open education

Bryan Alexander, Feb 15, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The open access declarations, notes Bryan Alexander, are now more than ten years old. So why the interest in MOOCs now, when in fact open access had been around for more than a decade? It's not simply that it's The New. It's partially because it is supported by the elite institutions (though read the comments about why EdX hasn't received the publicity of Coursera and Udacity), partially because it fits the narrative that "education is broken and we need the Silicon Valley to fix it" and partially because, from an institutional point of view, open educational resources are expensive while taking part in a MOOC is (nearly) free.

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