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Links of the Week • Nov. 19, 2013

When A MOOC Exploits Its Learners: A Coursera Case Study
With 10000 students [in a MOOC], you also have access to a research sample of 10000 people, which is much larger than typical samples in the social sciences (although likely to be biased and range restricted). But this is where I think MOOCs can become exploitative in a different way than we usually talk about. I concluded this from my participation as a student in a Coursera MOOC. — NeoAcademic blog

Praise, Criticism, Questions After Udacity ‘Pivot’
“Sebastian Thrun, founder of the massive open online course provider Udacity, … dropped another bombshell last week in a profile published in Fast Company, which claimed the “godfather of free online education” had changed course. … Some critics of Thrun’s vision interpreted the article as a bit of poetic justice.” — Inside Higher Ed

A ‘Teaching Alert’ on CFA San Jose chapter’s Facebook page
Nationally published journalist and academic Tressie Cottom spoke with CFA about the impact of online teaching on students of color. —CFA San Jose Facebook

Striking Images—San Francisco State 1968
Student unrest at SF State reached a boiling point in 1968 over such national issues as racial justice and the Vietnam War, resulting in a bitter student and faculty strike—the longest campus strike in U.S. history. The impact of the strike was far-reaching and ultimately led to the creation of the University’s College of Ethnic Studies. Phiz Mezey’s photographs capture the tumult of events while focusing on the participants in this historic moment of social change. Through Dec. 20. Special event Dec. 2, 6-8 pm, Leonard Library, 4th floor. — Labor Archives & Research Center

Wheels Coming Off the Wagon of Reed’s Pension Measure
San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed’s measure to slash the retirement benefits of current teachers, firefighters, police officers, school employees has lost the support of a key Democratic mayor and is experiencing other major setbacks even before it has received its title and summary from the California Attorney General’s Office. — Let’s Talk Pensions