MOOCs: Been There, Done That

Mad About MOOCs 1

Jon Krause for The Chronicle Review

Revolution is in the air. They say that MOOCs will create a "tsunami" in higher education: Recorded classes by a few superstar professors will eliminate an expensive and duplicative professoriate. Even the college campus may become economic flotsam in this New Age.

History and economics strongly suggest that this scenario is likely to be utter nonsense. Consider one historical fact: This has all been tried, and it has failed.

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