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Are MOOCs Just Moneymaking Scams? Providers Challenged To Substantiate Grandiose Claims

13 May

Campaign for the Future of Higher Education claims online education “is a billion-dollar business motivated more by profits than quality education for students.”

By David Nagel

Are online education providers serving the masses or just amassing wealth for themselves? That’s the question the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education wants answered. The group today challenged the leaders of edX, Udacity and Coursera to a public debate “about the claims and promises being made by the online education industry about the quality of its higher education programs.”

As part of the challenge, CFHE released a video (“Online Ed: Teaching Millions or Making Millions”) that questions those very claims — including the claim that online providers democratize education or otherwise make quality education available to those who need it most — those who are, the group pointed out, least likely to have Internet access at all.

The video itself was produced following the release of three working papers issued last year questioning the basic positive assumptions about online education — that it improves access and reduces costs for students while at the same time providing a high-quality education.

[ Full article available at Campus Technology: http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/05/13/are-moocs-a-moneymaking-scam-providers-challenged-to-substantiate-grandiose-claims.aspx ]

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