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Aftermath of the MOOC wars

Can commercial vendors support creative higher education?

Christopher Newfield


The large-scale massive open online course (xMOOC) rose to prominence in 2012–13 on the promise that its outcomes would be better and cheaper than those of face-to-face university instruction. By late 2013, xMOOC educational claims had been largely discredited, though policy interest in ed-tech carried on. What can we learn about the future of ed-tech by analysing this eighteen-month period in higher education history? This article gathers different types of evidence to suggest several conclusions: MOOC momentum was propelled by an administrative failure to apply due diligence to xMOOC educational claims. The MOOC path was also smoothed by a confusion among key commentators between xMOOCs and small-scale ‘connectivity’ MOOCs that did show meaningful learning outcomes. At the same time, online courses do not overcome race-based disparities of outcome and in some cases make them worse. In addition, student use of online courses appears to be instrumental, even cynical, further limiting their educational value. MOOCs will be back in modified form to endanger educational equity and quality unless faculty members articulate explicit goals and standards for public higher education to which ed-tech can be held accountable.

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Toxic Waste and Race in Twenty-First Century America

Neighborhood Poverty and Racial Composition in the Siting of Hazardous Waste Facilities

Michael Mascarenhas, Ryken Grattet, and Kathleen Mege

This more accurate method effectively indicated that racial disparities around hazardous waste sites were even greater than previously reported in the 1983 GAO and 1987 UCC studies. And it intimated the degree to which a lack of understanding regarding

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“We Must Talk about Cologne”

Race, Gender, and Reconfigurations of “Europe”

Beverly Weber

to consider Europe as a field of power, one in which the contestation over what Europe is or should be results in concrete, racialized disparities in access to social mobility, education, or public agency. A project for racial, gender and economic

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The Democracy of Everyday Life in Disaster

Holding Our Lives in Their Hands

Nancy L. Rosenblum

strikes randomly, but our capacity to meet and adapt to it varies enormously, and economic and racial disparities are glaring. The meaning the virus holds may propel a popular political swerve toward universal healthcare and income equality, revaluation of

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Globalizing the History of French Decolonization

Jessica Lynne Pearson

of voices and perspectives, and to contribute to an ongoing discussion about inequality and racism in France today. As scholars have shown, racial disparity in France is both connected to the particular history of French colonialism and enmeshed in

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Contemporary “Structures” of Racism

A Sartrean Contribution to Resisting Racial Injustice

Justin I. Fugo

:// . KN Kershaw et al., “Metropolitan-level racial residential segregation and black-white disparities in hypertension,” American Journal of Epidemiology 174 (2011), 537–545. The Sentencing Project, “Reducing Racial Disparities in The Criminal Justice

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Erica Morales, Alex Blower, Samantha White, Angelica Puzio, and Matthew Zbaracki

: University of North Carolina Press. The school-to-prison pipeline remains central to discussions regarding racial disparities within educational institutions. Most of the dialogue surrounding the relationship of youth to the penal system focuses on present

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Ten Years of Transfers

Mobility Studies and Social Change during a Pandemic

Mimi Sheller

, Brian E. Saelens, and James E. Chapman, “Income and Racial Disparities in Access to Public Parks and Private Recreation Facilities,” American Journal of Preventive Medicine 34, no. 1 (2008): 9–15. 19 Genevieve Carpio, Collisions at the Crossroads

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Redefining Representation

Black Trans and Queer Women’s Digital Media Production

Moya Bailey

2 ( 2 ): 144 – 146 . (accessed 22 December 2014 ). 10.1353/pal.2013.0023 Parham , G. P. , and M. L. Hicks . 2005 . “ Racial Disparities Affecting

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Contested Memory

Retrieving the Africanist (Liberatory) Conception of Non-racialism

Ndumiso Dladla

to the continued racial disparity in the country. In 2015, labouring under the banner of non-racialism we have witnessed AfriForum (a right-wing Afrikaner rights organisation) lay a complaint against President Jacob Zuma before the South African