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National Media take up the trouble with MOOCs

AFT PUBLISHES CFHE PAPER IN WINTER MAG

The latest issue of the American Federation of Teacher’s “On Campus” magazine is themed “MOOC Disrupters: Can faculty ensure massive open, online courses ensure quality and opportunity?” 

It includes evaluations of how well—or not—MOOCs are serving students and a version of the CFHE paper on the MOOC money trail to profits, among many other articles.

NPR’s ALL THINGS CONSIDERED

National Public Radio’s daily news did an in-depth, clarifying examination of MOOCs in this seven-minute report, “The Online Education Revolution Drifts Off Course” 

Among other schools, it took up the San Jose State/Udacity MOOC experiment that turned out so poorly and describes some of the faculty “rebellion” against the rapid come, rapid go policies bringing MOOCs to campuses across the nation.

THE ATLANTIC MAGAZINE & DIVERSE ISSUES IN HIGHER ED

The Atlantic put it bluntly in the title—“We Are Creating Wal-Marts of Higher Education” 

A summary statement outlines the battleground: “Under pressure to turn out more students, more quickly and for less money, and to tie graduates’ skills to workforce needs, higher-education institutions and policy makers have been busy reducing the number of required credits, giving credit for life experience, and cutting some courses, while putting others online.” I

t also introduces the opposition, including some of the faculty who will meet at the Campaign for the Future of Higher Ed gathering in New York City later this month.

The article also appears in Diverse Issues in Higher Ed under the title “Faculty Protest Reforms They Say ‘Dumb Down’ Higher Ed”

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