Ian Bogost has provided a great summary of the problems of MOOCs in the roundtable appearing in the Los Angeles Review of Books. Here are the bullet points, but go read the entire piece:

  1. MOOCs are a type of marketing
  2. MOOCs are a financial policy for higher education
  3. MOOCs are an academic labor policy
  4. MOOCs are speculative financial instruments
  5. MOOCs are an expression of Silicon Valley values
  6. MOOCs are a kind of entertainment media

Bogost’s thoughts are a nice counterpoint to the naive, overblown optimism that comes from some MOOC supporters who seem willing to accept them as inevitable, or even preferable.

2 thoughts on “Ian Bogost on MOOCs and the Future of the Humanities

  1. Mark:

    What’s really interesting about that last observation of yours is that Bogost is, I think, the only person in that crowd who’s an actual computer scientist.

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