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Higher Education III: MOOCs and Inequality

There was a period, now lost in the mythical sands of time, when massive online courses were considered the savior of the unwashed. Here’s a quote from Daphne Koller: “high-quality education provided by MOOCs can be a significant factor in opening doors to opportunity — even among the college-educated.” — Daphne Koller Here’s another from her East […]

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Moocmart

If there was any doubt that MOOC’s and other forms of technology weren’t part of a larger evisceration of academia, here’s some more news: summer homes for star faculty while adjuncts starve on the sidelines. Not very different from Walmart’s practices is it? Doesn’t Walmart promise “the lowest prices guaranteed”? How much cheaper can you […]

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From MOOCs to MOATs

If you have read “A Scandal in Bohemia,” you will remember the scene where Sherlock Holmes smokes up the joint to find out where Irene Adler has hidden her most precious possession: a photograph of Irene with the king of Bohemia. Irene Adler outwits Holmes at the end, earning the epithet “the woman.” The moral […]

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Quality isn’t quantity

One of the great myths about mechanization and globalization is that it will replace low end unskilled jobs fit only for machines with higher end, high skill work. That we will all be free to be autonomous, creative individuals while the machines do all the grunt work. The truth has always been more complex, if […]