When MOOCs profit, who pays?

A typical MOOC is an online course open to people all over the globe via the Internet.

MOOCs are massive open online courses that have been heralded as an inevitable transformation in higher education. They have been called a revolution, a boom, and, a “disruption” – a term that at first invokes a welcome alternative to the stagnation and elitism of the American university.

 

 

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72% of MOOC professors don’t think their students deserve college credit

The actual number of professors who discount the quality of MOOCs is probably much higher than 72%.

Seventy-two percent of professors who have taught Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) don’t believe that students should get official college credit, even if they did well in the class. More importantly, these are the professors who voluntarily took time to teach online courses, which means the actual number of professors who discount the quality of MOOCs is probably much higher. The survey reveals the Grand Canyon-size gap between the higher-education establishment and the coalition of tech companies and lawmakers that are mandating college credit for online courses.

 

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Will Universities in America Go the Way of the Big Car Companies?

naval academy

“At least the Naval Academy is free”

Fifty years ago, in the glorious age of three-martini lunches and all-smoking offices, America’s car companies were universally admired. Everybody wanted to know the secrets of their success. How did they churn out dazzling new models every year? How did they manage so many people so successfully (General Motors was then the biggest private-sector employer in the world)? And how did they keep their customers so happy?

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The Mysterious Mima Mounds

The Mysterious Mima Mounds 

We don’t know what they are, where they came from, or what caused them

Scientists love a mystery. Biologists used to have the human genome, but now they have the structure of protein. Physics used to have cosmic rays, but now they have the God particle. Astronomers used to have black holes, but now they have dark matter. (Pics)

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