Moocs contain cutting-edge theories not dusty, old ideas

BY ROBERT LAING, Business Day Live

Ever since Coursera and Udacity were spawned by Stanford and edX by Harvard, giving university education away freely via the internet has attracted a fair amount of hostility from less elite tertiary institutions. Looking at how giving news away via the web has decimated newspapers, I sympathise with university lecturers worrying about their jobs. The distrust of moocs seems to have lessened because universities have shown themselves smarter than press barons at monetising the web. As the mooc critic linked to above article pointed out, it’s just a new form of distance education — something the University of SA (Unisa) has been doing since 1946.

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