Feb 222013

David Wiley looking at MOOCs through Noble's 1998 critique of online learning, "Digital Diploma Mills: The Automation of Higher Education".

The whole xMOOC phenomenon reads like the history of the Internet played backwards

When David Noble first published his groundbreaking critique of online education in 1998, Digital Diploma Mills: The Automation of Higher Education, I thought to myself “he couldn’t be more wrong.” As it turns out he might not have been wrong – maybe Noble was simply so miraculously prescient that I couldn’t see what he saw. Fifteen – count them, fifteen – years later, Digital Diploma Mills reads as if it were researched and written about the cur…

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