Friday, March 3, 2017
In case you were wondering
Online education was, IMO, always intended for others. You know as ways of expanding opportunities for the lower classes to advance (and to milk them in the process). Elite schools aiming to establish brand names to allow them to compete with Phoenix University to bring education to the masses. Well, it seems that this is running into problems (see here). The products stink. Now there will be calls to monitor their quality and improve them. But really, don't expect much. The goal of the MOOCosphere was to make money. The money would come from bringing Hahvahd educations to those that could not afford the price tag. San Jose State (and, one day, UMD) could become satellites campuses where the best and the brightest would remotely teach the unwashed at arm's length. I wish I could say that I was surprised that the enterprise has hit another big bump in the road. Thank goodness.