Last night, about two hours after I finished my previous post, a question popped into my mind. I tweeted it:
This morning, I thought I’d write this up formally. I want to find professors with Ph.D.s and tenure track jobs in any discipline who actually want to flip there classrooms with other people’s MOOC content. Even someone who’s tenure-track but not tenured would be a fascinating case study.
The reason I have these caveats is because I think this is all about power. To be certain this is entirely voluntary, the MOOC consumer would have to have complete control over their own classroom, then willingly give some of that control up. I think it’s no coincidence that the first superprofessor conscientious objector is a sociologist. You can say a lot of things about sociologists, but everybody should be in agreement that sociologists understand power.
This is not a “gotcha!” question. If these people are out there, I’d like them to come by and explain their rationales. In the same way that you can learn about labor relations from happy Walmart workers (and there certainly are some), I think we can learn something about academia from voluntary self-unbundlers. If the above description applies to you, please share in the comments below.