MOOC’s and the Widening Gap Between the Haves and the Have-Nots
I have an opinion piece published today in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Authors usually don’t get to write their own headlines, and I’m never happy with the ones my pieces are given. I like the above headline better than their’s: “How the Embrace of MOOC’s Could Hurt Middle America.” But at least I don’t hate it.
The article will be online and in this week’s print edition. Unfortunately the online article is only available to subscribers. I’ll publish the article here on my blog, but am under contract with The Chronicle to wait 30 days before doing so. It’s kinda like waiting for a movie to come out on DVD rather than paying full price at the theater.
Here’s an excerpt:
“Ironically, although the move toward online education is being advanced by some of the nation’s most elite universities, in the end it will be the lower half of the student population that will be forced out of the traditional classroom, widening the gap between the haves and the have-nots.”
By the way, for the uninitiated, “MOOC” in an acronym for Massive Open Online Courses.