I am slowly putting together a proper post on this for SA universities and academics, but want to start with a few links. First, by simile:
- Three things that the demise of The Daily might tells us about on-line education.
- Four things that netbooks can teach us about MOOCs.
It is not because of the few thousand francs which would have to be spent to put a roof over the third-class carriage or to upholster the third-class seats that some company or other has open carriages with wooden benches … What the company is trying to do is prevent the passengers who can pay the second-class fare from traveling third class; it hits the poor, not because it wants to hurt them, but to frighten the rich … And it is again for the same reason that the companies, having proved almost cruel to the third-class passengers and mean to the second-class ones, become lavish in dealing with first-class customers. Having refused the poor what is necessary, they give the rich what is superfluous.
I would love to hear some thoughts on this.