Time once was
In New Haven Conneticut
Richard Levin did instruct
All the scholars Yale could induct
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.
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,
When Thrun would pivot in Fast Company
Disrupting entire industries full of pros.
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,
And though I am no educator
I know that you’ll comment later
If I propose,
(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…)