Saturday, 20 October 2012

Famous Last Words on MOOCs Perhaps

famous last workdsTime Magazine has given MOOCs credence today in a lengthy, provocatively named article entitled ‘College Is Dead. Long Live College!’ by Amanda Ripley. On the fourth web page we find a quote from the University of Phoenix but one that is typical of many senior managers in higher education today:

Still, it will be a long time before companies besides high-tech start-ups trust anything other than a traditional degree. That’s why hundreds of thousands of people a year enroll in the University of Phoenix, which most students attend online. Says University of Phoenix spokesman Ryan Rauzon: “They need a degree, and that isn’t going to change anytime soon.”

I wonder whether these are yet another example of famous last words.