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Monday, May 20, 2013

MOOC’s (Massive, Open, Online Courses) are the wave of the future

MOOC’s (Massive, Open, Online Courses) are the wave of the future.  Here’s an interesting article from the New Yorker. 

The teachers unions in many of our universities will hate the notion.  They would prefer the cushy lecture to a dozen coeds out on the campus “park”.  Who wouldn't want to continue this pleasant job.

Let’s fundamentally change how we educate Americans post high school (I am not opposed to changing how we educate those in K-12 either.)  Let’s start by:

1    1)      Remove the subsidies for post-secondary education (government guaranteed loans, state tax revenues, and the GI bill).

      2)   Publicly encourage high school students to consider alternatives to college.

      3)  Tax, instead of subsidize silly degrees like Gender Studies, Political Science and Dance.

4    4) Celebrate innovative and leveraged ways to deliver education for a fraction of the price, like MOOCs.

      5)   Mandate that each college, major and course track and publish how their students are doing in the job market.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow, I'm glad I discovered this site and glad this article is available here. I'm 69, would love to have earned an accounting degree but in 1963 wasn't thinking about such practicalities...

This article may open a door for me. Thanks for posting it.