Coursera has been around for a few years now, but has public higher education learned anything from it? Have we learned anything from the other MOOCs and free online learning resources that have emerged over the past few years?
On a large scale, I don’t think we have.
I read an article this morning about Chicago State University having their lowest enrollments in history this year and also losing state funding. They might not be able to keep their doors open. They talk extensively of budgets and low enrollment. They also mention the undeserved population of students who would be hurt by the University’s closure. But no one seems to be asking why the enrollment numbers are so low. Where have all those students gone instead? To another college? To free online MOOCs?