Former Yale President becomes Coursera CEO

Anything Goes (EdTech 2014 Version)

Time once was
In New Haven Conneticut
Richard Levin did instruct
All the scholars Yale could induct
If today
That scholar sought a dollars gain,
He’d brush up on his netiquette
To join the MOOCing game.

In olden days a glimpse of data
Was news to a course creator.
But now, God knows, Anything Goes.

Professors who were once pedagogues,
Pour over charts of server logs’,
Fire Hose! – Anything Goes.

The world’s mistook today
And just look today,
There’s ebooks today,
And there’s MOOCs today,
And the hook today
Is they’re took today
By everyone one knows
And as I’m not a proud Courserian
I feel so antiquarian
A-pro-pos anything goes

When Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller
Raise $40million dollars with videos,
Anything Goes.

When Thrun would pivot in Fast Company
Disrupting entire industries full of pros.
Anything Goes.

If some TED you’d like,
Not higher ed you like
Venture Cap. you like,
And free crap you like,
M.C.Q.s you like,
Money too you’d like,
Well, see how it flows!
When investors are always hoping
Your course will pretend to be open when it’s closed,
Anything Goes.

And though I am no educator
I know that you’ll comment later
If I propose,
Anything goes…
Anything goes!

(with apologies to Cole Porter)

(p.s: There is a reason for doing edtech news to 30s showtunes… all will be revealed in good time…)

7 thoughts on “Former Yale President becomes Coursera CEO”

  1. OK, now there’s a reason to hate RSS. I had read this in my feedreader, and thought it was a very creative lyrical parody. But the embedded media wasn’t displayed, so I am only *hearing* it now (coming over to your page to read over the epic manifesto you just posted). Holy shit this is amazing! I was LOLling all over the place here…

    1. Haha! Thanks Brian! Viv was startled by my Noel Coward voice, but I’m glad people got a kick out of it… it was properly fun to write and record.


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