Online Learning Update

December 20, 2013

The Cognitive Infrastructure Built by the MOOC Bubble

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:09 am

by Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

Long after the MOOC providers pivot to whatever sustainable business model will come next, we will be enjoying the benefits of the infrastructure that was built to support this particular bubble. This infrastructure is not like that of previous bubbles. It is not fiber (bandwidth) and it is not newly cheap servers, open source databases, and flexible programming languages. This will not be a physical or technological infrastructure, as was built in the dot-com bubble (think YouTube, MySQL, cheap cloud storage etc.). The infrastructure left behind from the MOOC bubble will be cognitive.

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