Higher Ed Management

MOOCs have introduced a greater level of transparency in online higher education. They offer students a chance to evaluate and compare institutions to a degree previously unheard of in higher ed. The focus of the evaluations is, primarily, instructional content and related activities. This focus may create new opportunities for less prestigious institutions to compete.

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Technology’s Unintended Consequences (Strike Again)

Before the concept of MOOCs was adopted by elite universities and became “a thing” in 2012, it had  an anti-establishment posture.  MOOCs were do-it-yourself efforts, created and run by people excited by the possibilities of forming ad hoc online communities of learners that could use the Net to learn what and how they wanted. By design, MOOCs operated outside of the constraints of traditional higher education.

Today, of course, MOOCs are associated with institutions like Stanford, Harvard, McGill and other institutions which see an opportunity to combine their international…

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