Anya Kamenetz asked for my thoughts, and I had two. First, that Levin would be a fine fundraiser. After all, that’s a primary function for university presidents, and Levin has a great track record of this at Yale.
Second, “He’s also a consulting economist, so he’s probably going to try and solve the xMOOC economic sustainability problem.” Anya responded:
The money problem is a big one. Coursera’s growth so far has been funded by investment. They have been experimenting with different ways to attract revenue. Advertising, the most obvious choice, would likely be off-putting to students and university partners. At the end of 2012, Coursera announced a recruitment service, where employers would pay for access to users. But this didn’t get much traction.
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