MOOCs and online education are a technology with potentially revolutionary implications—but without a precise plan for realizing that potential.
Here is another side issue, or perhaps it is a central issue that has been pushed to the side: There is an ongoing decline in academic standards where, according to the Norwegian union of academic writers (NFFO), professors are no longer given publishing credit for their work that is used in MOOCS. Anything that is free is not considered juryed for tenure. At the same time, academic print journals are in the hands of global education companies who charge $3500 to even read and consider an article for publication. And professors are being reduced to the unstable and temporary status of adjunkt at many American universities. This is not a bright future for education.