Tuesday Morning Digest: More MOOCs!

Welcome to your Monday Tuesday Morning digest! There’s a lot of thought on MOOCs this week – the articles below are just a selection of what was floating around last week. If you’re on the Twitters (you should be!), the #MOOC hashtag is starting to gain momentum. Be sure to check it for all the latest news and comments on MOOCs!
Have a great week!
Weekly Digest – August 28th

ICYMI last week, Udacity has cancelled one of its courses because “the lectures and materials it had prepared on the topic did not live up to its quality standards.” I wonder if this has ever happened in a traditional college course. (My guess: probably not!) In any case, this is an interesting development for MOOCs and, more likely than not, an example of the quality and care that go into each online course offered via these new online learning outfits.
Do folks become professors to roll in the dough? Nope. As the author of this article discovers, many professors of traditional universities are actually working below the poverty line.
Last week, our friends over at P2PU announced that they are collaborating with Open Study, MIT OCW, and Codeacademy to produce a new type of online course, which they are calling a mechanical MOOC. What’s most interesting about this MOOC is that, unlike other MOOCs, there is no need to have a professor behind it.
In this article, Kevin Carey examines why MOOCs are praised as great successes with a 10% completion rate and why, at the same time, colleges with a high dropout rate are seen as failures.
Southern New Hampshire University is dedicated to its adult learners, and its president, Paul Leblanc, is particularly interested in open education as a means to make college more affordable. However, and very unfortunately, SNHU students still struggle to make ends meet and scrounge up enough money for college education. In this blog post, Leblanc details the situations of two students desperate for financial aid.
The image “Newspapers for recycling”  came from Flickr user exfordy and is licensed under a Creative Commons CC BY license.

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