On-line courses: An excuse to cut education funding?

1 May

Here is an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education about Mitchell Duneier, a former advocate of massive open online courses (MOOCs), who is having second thoughts.

His concerns:

‘The change of heart happened, he says, after Coursera approached him about licensing his course so other colleges could use the content in a blended format, meaning a mix of online and face-to-face instruction. That could save the colleges money.

“I’ve said no, because I think that it’s an excuse for state legislatures to cut funding to state universities,” Mr. Duneier says. “And I guess that I’m really uncomfortable being part of a movement that’s going to get its revenue in that way. And I also have serious doubts about whether or not using a course like mine in that way would be pedagogically effective.”‘

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