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- Clay Shirky has said it all (as is his way). MOOCs are cheaper but not better, see: http://www.shirky.com/weblog/2012/11/napster-udacity-and-the-academy/
In a free economy, Gresham's Law applies and bad money drives out good.Nov 14, 2012
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- VHS and Betamax again already. Gresham's Law.Nov 14, 2012
- And of course betamax/betacam had a long life after VHS won the home market because of the production quality was higher.
I don't think many institutions will be using the slogan 'Poppleton University, the betamax of higher education' ;)Nov 14, 2012
- You may also be interested in this piece - http://www.cato-unbound.org/2012/11/12/alex-tabarrok/why-online-education-works/ - which is similar to Shirky's unbundling argument.
I've participated in several MOOCs and see lots of potential, but like Sheila commented in the linked article: " I think most of the backlash is around the “this is revolutionising educational practice” and “this will destroy universities” type hype. The big MOOCs use pretty mainstream pedagogy developed through distance education for many years, so in that sense they aren’t revolutionary."Nov 14, 2012