High-profile MOOC prof dumps Coursera

A professor who was trumpeted as early evidence of MOOC’s acceptance and success in top schools, will pull his course off the Coursera site, saying that he now worries that online courses will be used to justify cuts in state funding for universities, Time reports.

“I’ve said no because I think that it’s an excuse for state legislatures to cut funding to state universities,” Professor Mitchell Duneier told The Chronicle of Higher Education. “And I guess that I’m really uncomfortable being part of a movement that’s going to get its revenue in that way.”

The press pointed to Duneier as a paragon of MOOC success in the Ivy League last year. His class was featured on the front page of the New York Times last November; Thomas L. Friedman wrote about him in his Times opinion column. Duneier raved about his own experience in a Chronicle commentary last year.

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