"Wilhelmsson sees a greater significance in the event given the current debate over Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Some claim that MOOCs, which use video lectures from privileged private universities to replace real professors, will do more harm than good to public university students by taking away their direct access to both their professor and classmates. Wilhelmsson goes beyond even this by questioning the very premise that MOOC lectures from Harvard or Stanford are superior to his own.
"I, for one, am tired of the almost smug assumed superiority
present in the debate. In my San Jose State University
master's thesis [which is contained in his book] I take on the
privileged private university scholars and show them wrong.
Their formalistic and, dare I say, lazy scholarship is what
allowed the minimization of Edith Stein as a philosopher to
go on for far too long. And now SJSU President Qayoumi
and a bunch of opportunist politicians want to replace a real
version of me with a taped version of them! How does this
improve education at SJSU? How does this increase the
prestige of holding an SJSU degree?" These are the things I
have been working for. Is it too much to ask that the
administration might have the same goals?"
Yet Wilhelmsson sees an even darker side to the issue than this.
"You have to ask yourself why a group of power elites are so
interested in gaining control of the content within the public
university classroom? In our politically correct and increasingly
monitored and controlled society the public university classroom is
one of the last great havens where people can speak freely
and question authority. MOOCs are more akin to
indoctrination, which teaches you what to think, than education,
which teaches you how to think. I do not think MOOCs are
just bad policy. I think MOOCs are evil."
The "Chromotopia St. Stephan: Via Activa im Dialog des Lichts" art display continues until June 8th, 2013."