Resolving a paradox in the market for Massive and Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

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Inside Higher Ed was kind enough to publish my commentary on how certain approaches to massive and open online courses trigger an undesirable paradox on higher education: evidence of mastery in university coursework will warrant only a certificate, while evidence of mastery in work prior to university coursework will determine the degree.

A blurb from the Intro:

In recent months, many of the most prominent research universities announced forays into free online courses. As a greater number of these universities go online with such free education platforms, the nature of the market for — and even the meaning of — a college degree could change in both subtle and significant ways.

Read more:
http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2012/09/11/essay-contradiction-facing-moocs-and-their-university-sponsors