FutureLearn and Deakin University the first to offer range of degrees delivered entirely on a MOOC platform

FutureLearn, Dec 13, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The title above is of course the title the FutureLearn used on its press release (as is my custom, my post titles follow the article titles). But they should be advised that something is a MOOC only if it is open. And these programs are definitely not open - "Students will enrol for free in a two-week ‘taster’ course. If they decide to continue and become a degree student they will pay £1,500 or AUD $2,600 for the equivalent of one university subject. Each of these subjects will be made up of a program of five short FutureLearn courses." It doesn't say how many programs make up a degree, but never mind. These courses are expensive. And it's not a MOOC platform any more if you lock it up and charge people their life savings for admission.

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