As massively open online classes (MOOCs) have taken off, it should not surprise readers of this blog to learn that a MOOC fear meme has appeared.
Victims envision catastrophic consequences of MOOCs, chief amongst which is usually a wholesale redefinition of the higher-education sector, complete with mass redundancies and a dramatic reduction of the university’s market power, leading to tanking profits and the eventual bust of universities that cannot weather the storm. With students directly in charge of their own learning, and most academics and administrators made superfluous, it will be the end of Australian higher education as we know it.
Or so the nightmare goes.
Let's see if this grows.