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Coursera, sera…

Alex Usher at Higher Education Strategy Associates has noticed massively open online courseware provider Coursera has walked back somewhat from its world-changing rhetoric:

Remember when Coursera – the world’s largest purveyor of Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) – was going to disrupt higher education, and put hundreds if not thousands of public institutions out of business? I know it’s hard to cast your mind back all of eighteen months, but try.

Actually don’t. Because it’s all over. Yesterday, Coursera did a weird strategy about-face by announcing that, rather than competing with public colleges, it’s going to start competing with Blackboard instead.

Whatever will be, will be.