Massively open online classes (MOOCs) are like zombies, blogs Jonathan Rees:
To adopt a zombie metaphor, MOOCs may be dead, but we still need to dismember the body and bury the limbs separately to make sure that its evil spawn don’t come back stronger than ever before.
This is a very 2013 observation, seeing the MOOC bubble as having burst. No longer are MOOCs the fresh new tyrant monster.
Note, too, the post's urgency, its appeal to action: "now is not the time for concerned faculty to lay down their guard." Rees isn't using the zombie merely as a descriptive metaphor, but as a call to arms.
The post builds up to this rhetorical moment by using combat language earlier on: "administrations try [to] weaponize [MOOCs] against faculty".