Leigh Blackall: MOOCs are a Manufactured Consent

…in its own way, a companion piece to Audrey Watters’ [Expletive Deleted]…and a worthy one. I was somewhat conflicted about whether to post here or on As the Adjunctiverse Turns in response to yet another uninformed judgment based on flawed, incomplete higher ed media coverage, minus any shred of primary research or first hand research. 

I can’t take it any more. All this talk about MOOCs (the simple corporate variety), iTunesU, and the glaring and obvious ignorance of robust and sustainable commons-based projects like Wikipedia, Wikibooks and Wikiversity.

The Conversation seems to have captured a very large audience in Australia. Their bi line is “academic rigor, journalistic flare”. I see a lot of “flare” to be sure. Rigor and journalism though. Well, they were made extinct in Australia through the 1990s, clinched in 2003.

Dilan Thampapillai has offered his insights on the flaws in copyright governance in the major Corporate MOOCs. It had to be said, I agree. But Dilan makes no mention of the platforms that manage commons-based copyright, and manage it well. He stays with the manufactured consent that MOOCs are a recent phenomenon and that the idea of open education is held to the corporate platforms that have popped up to capitalise.

via Leigh Blackall: MOOCs are a Manufactured Consent.


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