More of those Dead European White Guys

In his blog post of January 5, 2014, Rick Moran highlights the piece by Heather McDonald concerning the destruction of the traditional humanities course of study. In line with this, at The Chronicle of Higher Education dated December 4, 2014, one is greeted with the title "MOOCs as Neocolonialism: Who Controls Knowledge?" MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses and are "aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web." Author Philip G. Altbach, research professor and director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College, posits the idea that the MOOC online courses "threaten to exacerbate the worldwide influence of Western academe, bolstering its higher-education hegemony." Thus, "by and large, the readings required by most MOOC courses are American or from other Western countries." Furthermore, "since the vast majority of material used comes from Western academic systems, examples used in science courses are likely to come from the United...(Read Full Article)

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