The first two chapters in the MOOC story have been written: heroic arrival and unbounded enthusiasm followed by disappointment and backlash. I argued in Fall 2012 that for liberal arts colleges at least the real future is in what this article calls SPOCs (small private online classes). I’ve experimented with this form both last year and this. MOOCs are like the Apollo space program – the benefits were not in getting to the moon but in all the tools that smart people invented in order to get to the moon.
Ten Part Washington Post Series on Higher Education (2013)
Dylan Matthew’s ten-part series “TUITION’S TOO DAMN HIGH” on the Washington Post’s “WonkBLOGS” appeared this summer. Matthews is a young journalist new to the education beat. Some criticism of the series emphasized its “book report” quality (in contrast to “real reporting”), but it does a decent job of bringing lots of things folks are talking about onto our radar screens in these short pieces. -DR
Tuition’s Too Damn HighDylan Matthews, WaPo Wonkblog
- Part 1 Why is college so damn expensive?
- Part 2 Why college is still worth it
- Part 3 The three stories of rising tuition
- Part 4 How important are state higher ed cuts?
- Part 5 Is the economy forcing colleges to spend more?
- Part 6 Why there’s no reason for big universities to rein in spending
- Part 7 Is government aid actually making college more expensive?
- Part 8 Are rich kids ruining college for everybody else?
- Part 9 Can MOOCs solve the college cost crisis?
- Part 10 How can we fix skyrocketing tuition?
- Dean Dad. “The Theory Is Too Damn Thin: A Response to Dylan Matthews” on the Confessions of a Community College Dean blog and Inside Higher Education
- Sherman Dorn. “Increased tuition at research universities: Bowen, relative priorities, and net assets” on his blog on September 3, 2013
- John Warner. “On Becoming a Dangerous Person “Inside Higher EdSeptember 4, 2013