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