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Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad MOOC?

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Why not let him e-guest-lecture? (Michael Sandel of Harvard via Flickr/CC)

Are MOOCs and other online materials a threat to quality public higher education, and to our role as professors? The members of the philosophy department at San Jose State University think so. They recently issued an open letter to Michael Sandel, of Harvard University, objecting to his role in encouraging the use of MOOCs at public universities. The controversy stems from San Jose State’s contract with edX, a company t…