Normally, reading anything MOOC, good or bad, is a ‘just one more article’ proposition. This time, I found myself beyond exasperated reading Inside Higher Ed: No-Bid MOOCs by Ry Rivard.
“The providers of massive open online courses have rapidly expanded in the past year, aided in part by a series of potentially lucrative no-bid deals with public colleges and universities, including for services that may extend beyond the MOOC model.” Ry Rivard
The use of qualifiers defines the entire Inside Higher Ed article. In part? How much is ‘a part’? ‘Potentially’ and ‘that may’? I really should have stopped reading after the first paragraph, but it was one of those ‘Don’t think of an Elephant’ moments.
I may be doing Rivard, and his article, a disservice by my interpretation of his ‘No-Bid Moocs’ article; the angst I took away from reading the piece seems to be lingering. In my defense, before posting my reflections on this article, I actually slept on it. I am now willing to acknowledge that Ry Rivard is sharing some important details about the massive changes education is experiencing. The economic details should not be ignored. My problem is the use of bid process as a benchmark of sorts.