FutureLearn’s New Pricing Model Limits Access to Course Content After the Course Ends

Dhawal Shah, Class Central, Mar 16, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

As this article notes, MOOC provider FutureLearn is putting the squeeze on students, cutting off access to MOOC contents unless they pay. It's what we're seeing in the market as a whole. "As Matt Walton — Chief Product Officer at FutureLearn — notes, charging for certificates hasn’t proven to be an effective business model for MOOC providers. For many learners, certificates are not a priority. So now MOOC providers have started charging for course content." Of course, at a certain point, all of these enterprises are going to have to relinquish the name MOOC and go back to using the original product category name: commercial courseware.

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