Would You Like Fries With That?

by Brian Caterino No, academia hasn’t quite been assimilated to the model of McDonald’s fast food outlets, but the latest step in the commodification of knowledge has come into view with the recent announcement by Barnes & Noble of its new on-line “University”. Barnes & Noble will be offering free, nonaccredited, courses to the public, on-line, though its Internet site. Courses on a variety of topics hope to appeal to a potential audience ranging from adult learners to high school students. The Barnes & Noble “University” is a joint venture with on-line course provider notHarvard.com, in whom Barnes & Noble […]
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