Published: Tuesday, April 2 2013 9:15 p.m. MDT
Ah, another reason to gut higher ed! With all these free classes that people
can take in-between watching American idol and checking Facebook, the
universities will go on the wayside, much like newspapers...Like
Facebook, Hulu, Twitter, and other online companies that give their products
away for free, the problem is that they've not ever become profitable.
Facebook is a model example of a company that, as popular as it is, never had a
real business model and continues to disappoint investors. We're all
waiting for Facebook to finally decide to sell all the information posted on its
site to marketers so that it can finally turn a profit for its Wall Street
masters.Online instruction will face similar challenges -- pop up
ads, selling of personal info about students to advertisers, etc. -- as it
searches for revenue streams. I'm not optimistic that this
will amount to much... but I do worry that our dear legislators will see it as
all the more reason to cut funding for education and put it toward prisons and
lobbying the feds to take public lands...
I have been underwhelmed by the online courses I have taken (and I have taken
them from several vendors).Overall, they are okay for simple
"read and regurgitate" material.But they are inadequate for
anything where critical thinking is at play.Just my own experience.
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