No-Bid MOOCs

Career College Central Summary:

  • The providers of massive open online courses have rapidly expanded in the past year. At least 21 universities and higher education systems in 16 states have signed agreements with Coursera, Udacity or edX without going through a competitive bidding process.
  • Representatives of the state-run institutions give a variety of reasons for why they agreed to the deals without seeking formal proposals from competing vendors: Almost all of the agreements have little or no upfront costs for universities. They are also non-exclusive, meaning universities can take their business elsewhere.
  • Universities have discussed using the MOOC providers not just to offer MOOCs, but to serve as a platform for other online education, to deliver remedial education, and to provide services similar to those of learning management systems.

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