MOOCs: The Prestige Factor (2012)
NOVEMBER 10, 2018
Buried in the public responses to the news about MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) and OER initiatives from Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Penn, Princeton and others is a deceptively important assumption. The excitement about MOOCs from Princeton and others is that it gives the public access to materials that are otherwise available to a privileged few. However, the “authenticity” of MOOC’s may actually conflict with the broader social and educational objectives that MOOCs serve.