Open courses do not hurt enrollment
A recent post over at the Chronicle of Higher Ed points to findings that schools that have opened some course content to the world has not hurt enrollment--in fact:
“Really, the OpenCourseWare ended up serving as an advertising tool,” Mr. Johansen said in an interview. Over all, the six opened courses attracted 13,795 visits and 445 paid enrollments in four months. But Mr. Johansen cautions that the limited length of the pilot study meant that a “statistically significant” measure of the impact of opening the classes on paid enrollment “was not possible.”
There has been a lot of interest around the issue of open course content within the educational technology arena lately. This might be an issue to keep an eye on.