Bad PR on MOOcs – But Don’t Be Cowed

We noted yesterday that an article in the San Francisco Chronicle indicated that faculty leaders from UC would be meeting today with state senate president Darrell Steinberg to discuss his bill on online higher ed.

As the headline/extract below from the conservative news aggregator Flashreport suggests, it is easy to portray faculty objections as obstruction.  In fact, the objection is that the bill creates an external mechanism for course approval.

The challenge, therefore, is a) to make the faculty objection clear and b) to try to persuade the relevant politcos (and the Regents?) that there is an established mechanism for course approval at UC that needs to be respected.

The San Francisco Chronicle article is at:
http://www.sfgate.com/education/article/Faculty-spurns-online-course-approval-plan-4365018.php