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Stephen Downes

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One wonders why the MIT authors discussed here proposed to reform Cal State rather than MIT, though other links shared today may hint at why. Feldstein's reading seems fair. "This proposal might be called radically conservative in the sense that it is intended to conserve the best parts of an American-style liberal arts education by re-imagining it but not rejecting it." That said, as we read further, the 'reimagining' means mostly 'eliminating research and focusing on teaching'. Moreover, when the report reaches edtech, as Feldstein relates, "the EdTech section largely centered on converting MOOCs to SPOCs ("positioning them as if they were new MIT inventions") to digital textbooks for use in flipped classrooms." It all makes me want to say, "Doctors, heal thyselves."

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