Thursday, 21 November 2013

OPINION: MOOCs on the Silk Road to China | EdSurge News


The meaning of "open" gets tested as edX and Coursera go east

The Middle Kingdom is the center of attention for#MOOC providers Coursera and #edX. Each announced its own plans--just days apart--to expand their platforms in China.

According to statistics provided by Coursera last year, the Chinese audience is the fourth largest consumer of its free online courses, behind the U.S., Brazil, and India. But expect China’s ranking to rise.

As #MOOCs attempt to capture a global audience, it naturally raises questions about censorship in countries, like China, where freedom of information is a contentious issue. Will economic courses on communism, socialism and capitalism require pre-approval from one of China’s two million Internet monitors? What will happen if a course features politically sensitive stories about Tiananmen Square or Tibet?

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