The recent backlash against MOOCs has tended to romanticize an ideal of public higher education, reports. Yet, education has always been tied up with systems of domination, and MOOCs present an opportunity to reveal the contradictions of higher education—to expose the emperor’s dirty secrets. ... The technology of Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) offers a new tool for spreading higher education across the globe. As of May 2013, the for-profitCoursera had over 3.2 million registered users and contracts with over 60 universities, while the non-profit EdX had over 900,000 users and contracts with 27 universities. Most classes are coming from professors at elite...

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