Further evidence of commodification of Higher Ed: 250 free courses set out like a bestseller list

So is this a good thing or a bad thing? Instinct says that making this material — assumed to be high quality as it comes from highly rated institutions — available for free has to be good for access and inspiration, even if it comes without context and tuition. Intuition also says that maybe making Higher Education courses look like the free CDs on your Sunday paper maybe gives a misleading impression of their value. Thoughts?

Clipped from www.openculture.com

Free Online Courses from Top Universities

Get free online courses from the world’s leading universities. This collection includes over 250 free courses in the liberal arts and sciences. Download these audio & video courses straight to your computer or mp3 player.Read more at www.openculture.com
3 Responses to “Further evidence of commodification of Higher Ed: 250 free courses set out like a bestseller list”
  1. Lucy Johnson says:

    @agilelearn free course like a bestseller list-it has got to be a good thing-just adds to the wealth of resource available on the net. It would be interesting to know why the courses that are available are there and what reasons were behind people deciding not to allow Open Culture to use their resources. On a very brief glance it looks good-I wonder how long Open Culture has been going and how widely it is known about. Also what are the ambitions of Open Culture and who runs it.

  2. Lucy Johnson says:

    @agilelearn I wonder what the courses are like. I might have to download a few likely looking ones myself!

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