Why Even Try…
I have been reading about the rise of MOOCs and whether their utility is a fad or franchise, but the aspect that gets me irked is, not the “free” access of information to the masses–that I like–but that nothing is “free.”
MOOCs (massive online open courses), ostensibly, are free content open for all. If, however, “credit” is to be given, there must be a gatekeeper. Enter the workhorse of the workforce in higher ed–the contingent faculty member.
The rise of the use of contingent faculty is nothing new. When I entered the fray (say around 1992), the use was on the rise.
That was good news for getting a gig…bad news for upward mobility.
Here is one shot of the situation…although I think the present numbers are more like 60% if not higher.
What is more depressing, though, is this chart,
to which I ask: “why bother.”
Sure, if you are looking for a mission field, and you have the mind-set of a missionary with the appropriate zealousness of belief, then I say have at it.
But, if you have any hopes of a family, of a working car with some semblance of a place to live, then why bother?
- Professors Still View MOOCs Skeptically (scientificamerican.com)