By Steve Kolowich
The news media’s appetite for MOOC stories has been insatiable. So when the University of Pennsylvania sent an email inviting several hundred education reporters to a seminar on massive open online courses, it anticipated a healthy turnout.
But as the catering deadline approached at the National Press Club, in Washington, organizers realized that they had barely enough registered attendees to justify a platter of finger food.
“We didn’t have a set thing in mind as to how many would attend, but what we were thinking was 15 to 20 from, let’s call them, ‘established’ media outlets,” said Ron Ozio, director of media relations at Penn. “And we got four.”
The university canceled the event.
If 2012 was the “Year of the MOOC,” as The New York Times declared, and 2013 was the year of the MOOC backlash, what is 2014? The year that MOOCs ceased to be interesting—at least to anybody not working on them directly?
[ Full article available at The Chronicle of Higher Education: http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/2014-the-year-the-media-stopped-caring-about-moocs/51737 ]