Over the last few years, Techdirt has been reporting on a steady stream of victories for open access. Along the way publishers have tried various counter-attacks, which all proved dismal failures. But there are signs that they have changed tack...
While many top universities -- including Harvard and Stanford Universities, along with many others -- were announcing partnerships and launching their first MOOCs, Yale sat back, watched, and evaluated.
In December, some eight months after Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor joined Coursera and three months after Brown, Columbia, Emory, and Vanderbilt Universities did the same, Yale’s Committee on Online Education, a faculty committee, submitted its online report and recommendations to the dean of Yale College. Though the report suggests that Yale investigate different MOOC platforms, there is no timeline for when the university, seemingly already late to the MOOC party, might select a company or start providing MOOCs. Cornell University similarly just completed a committee review of its MOOC strategy; the university will likely announce a MOOC partnership in the next few weeks, according to the dean of faculty, Joseph Burns.
" Phonar is an Open Undergraduate Class Hybrid (from now on referred to as an OUCH). It is a regular undergrad class, a version of which lives and leverages online. That means it doesn't incur the massive start-up costs of Coursera or Udacity (which, when used as examples prompt managers to question price-points and returns on investment etc). Instead it re-thinks what my valuable product as teacher actually is and turns that "learning experience" (sunk cost) into an outward facing and long-tail asset - which means:"
Martin Weller's insight:
Jonathan is dead right about the start-up costs of Udacity etc. The same thing happened with FlatWorldKnowledge
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"Last week’s announcement by Udacity and the California State University system that they would jointly develop remedial and introductory MOOCs, starting initially at San Jose State University, and offer them for credit to an initial cohort of 300 students for $150 each, is the higher education story of this young year. Udacity founder Sebastian Thrun said he hoped the $150 price point would change higher education, while California Governor Jerry Brown said: “Whatever it costs, it’ll be cheaper than a high- speed rail.”
Martin Weller's insight:
So, not really MOOCs then, just cheaper online courses.