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Online petition - Create "political roadmap" to turn MOOCs into a global standard at every public university by 2020

The idea of MOOC/blended learning is a fascinating idea to spread out top academic education to everyone. Free private online platforms like Udacity/Coursera founded by Stanford professors or KhanAcademy founded by a MIT/Harvard graduate, just to name a few, are outstanding practical examples.

However, what about all these public universities in the world which are financed by taxpayer funds?

The idea is that the government/parliaments in each country should pass a bill that MOOCs as part of “blended learning” are need to be implemented compulsorily at every public university till 2020.

Therefore citizens of each nation may submit "Online-Petitions" with content as follows:

Development of national education-roadmaps 2020 to define MOOC course standards, MOOC training programs for university staff and a step by step implementation-strategy. Entire course offerings have to be free of charge and be open for each citizen (taxpayer) of each nation

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  • Oct 24 2013: I think that the idea of making ANY form of learning delivery compulsory everywhere is a bad one. There are a great many good ideas in education, but not one of them belongs everywhere. There are still a lot of important questions to be asked about MOOCs and whether they function best as an independent adjunct to on-site, local courses, or as part of a university's standard offerings. For many universities, especially public ones, there would be the need to separately verify content, security, evaluation and credit-worthiness before putting one in the standard curriculum. Given current funding for education (I'm in the U.S.A.), this would inevitably reduce funding necessary for maintaining quality offerings for on-site students.
    Why not, instead, create a publicly funded MOOC university that could have the staff to properly vet the courses they would offer. Students at other public schools could take a certain number of the courses and transfer them into their programs at on-site schools, or students could take an entire program at the MOOC university. The degree(s) received could still be validated by the appropriate certifying agencies and used in the same way that other university degrees are. And we would continue to know something about the kind of education one has received by knowing something about the university one has graduated from.
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    Oct 24 2013: Is being a taxpayer a necessity for this service to be 'free of charge'?
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      Oct 25 2013: ah no,to be citizen is enough, rather in the sense of e.g. public roads which are paid by taxpayer, but can be used by everybody..your kids, and even foreigners. so even taxpayers have actually the right to claim for it, it should become sort of 'basic right' in that society.
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        Oct 25 2013: Thank you for your clarification and I agree with it, as much as I like the 'global' approach, as knowledge to me is a legacy which should be handed over and shared free of any charge.
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    Oct 23 2013: Are you suggesting that every public university should have to offer its own free massive online courses? Are you suggesting there be some sort of international standard for what various MOOC courses must contain?
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      Oct 23 2013: yeah!! i believe that should be a central issue in the future agenda of public universities around the globe.