“Coursera, K12, Inc. make bold moves to drive learning”
by Michael Horn (reposted for this site, the link to the article is at the bottom of the page)
In 2013 and 2014, sobriety returned to the world of education and the luster of MOOCs faded some. As I wrote about Coursera last year, although the company held intriguing promise, realizing its potential would require some big pivots.
K12, Inc. similarly stormed through the early 2000s by bringing online learning to the world of K-12 education and went public in 2007. The then-billion-dollar company was flying high—until people became nervous about some of its academic results and operations—and the storm shifted to douse its growth.
2015 represents a new beginning for both though—beginnings that hold potential.
As I wrote, Coursera’s initial incarnation never felt to me like it could disrupt higher education. As I told its team, offering courses from the top universities online and claiming that at last, anyone anywhere can access the best learning in the world isn’t correct. The reason is that the top universities do not offer the best teaching and learning experiences. Instead, their faculty members are incentivized heavily to focus on research at the expense of teaching.