“We owe it to you, our hardworking students…”

22 Apr

An interesting post that asks the question: “Is higher education a good thing because of the skills it represents or is it a good thing because you have it and others don’t?”

More or Less Bunk

“We owe it to you, our hard working students, that we do whatever we can to ensure your certificate is as valuable as possible.”

– Sebastian Thrun, “Phasing out certificates of free courseware completion,” Udacity Blog, Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

So explained Udacity’s Sebastian Thrun a few days ago, in a development that surprised absolutely nobody. Coursera has found its only reliable source of revenue charging for its Signature Track courses. It seems only natural that Udacity would eventually do the same.

Yet the way that Thrun phrased this development strikes me as incredibly interesting. “We owe it to you, our hardworking students…” – …to stop giving away our services for free… …to make you fill out more paperwork than before… …to subject you to the modern Internet-based security apparatus… No, actually…”[to] do whatever we can to ensure your certificate is as valuable as possible.”

Perhaps I’m reading too much…

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