MOOCs: Protectionism vs. Progress

The hype about MOOCs was bound to boil over. The Philosophy Department at San Jose State University (SJSU) issued an Open Letter to Harvard University Professor Michael Sandel, refusing to pilot Dr. Sandel’s JusticeX course offered by MOOC provider edX. In their Open Letter, SJSU raises a bunch of good points about format, connection, engagement, pedagogy, and diversity of audience. But at its core, this move is about fear.

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