MOOCs and Community Colleges

J. Noah Brown, Ignatia Webs, May 13, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

J. Noah Brown writes a long article for Inside Higher Ed that takes as it's point of departure the question, "do MOOCs represent a panacea for community colleges?" To which the answer is clearly and obviously 'no', because nothing is a panacea for anything! It is irresponsible to write essays about whether 'A is a panacea for B'. If you must write about A, in relation to B, then write about how A helps A, how A hinders B, or how the role of A is relevant or irrelevant to B. The language of panaceas is for children and politicians. The rest of us should know better.

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