How The MOOC Became A Cash Cow For Business Schools

Posted: March 28, 2018 in Moodle MOOC posts

An article on the changes of free MOOCs turning into paid MOOCs which I acknowledge and not only concerning Business Schools – https://www.businessbecause.com/news/opinion/5156/opinion-mooc-cash-cow-business-schools.

Most of the MOOCs I’ve participated in were in the fields of Education, Special Needs, ICT and Visual Arts and the big platforms like Coursera keep reminding us, along the courses, whether we wish to acquire paid certificates. I understand that some participants may be interested in certificates from Universities with a certain reputation, in spite of not granting any degree, but that is stated at the beginning of each course, they shouldn’t hammer the issue.

As the article also refers the trend may be to turn all MOOCs paid and more and more official degrees to be made available. Massive participation equals massive profit.

It’s a pity that the original meaning of MOOC, open-free-costless, becomes subverted in this way.

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