In Times Higher Education, on MOOCs

Bryan Alexander, Nov 03, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Bryan Alexander discusses the THE article about the state of MOOCs and focuses on the use of "MOOCs as fodder for other classes," MOOCs as increasing "the casualization of academic labor," and MOOCs as advertising to lure students into the United States (this connects to Coursera expanding their MOOCs around the world). Just one point, if I may: Alexander writes, "academia made adjuncts the mainstream instructional force before MOOCs took off.  Where were these critics then?" They existed, but simply were not covered in media. I know because as president of the Graduate Students' Association for two years in the early 1990s I mounted such criticism, cumulating with a lawsuit against the University of Alberta, which we won.

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