“Massive open online courses,” or MOOCs, have caught fire in academia. They offer, at no charge, what was once exclusive to students who earn college admission and pay tuition.
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For a room full of academics talking about the future of higher education, the conversation was surprisingly blunt.
MOOC may be a silly-sounding acronym, but this new breed of online classes is shaking up the higher education world in ways that could be good for cash-strapped students and terrible for cash-strapped colleges.