The state’s college students were using technology like wildfire, half of them taking at least one class online, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The college education — for hundreds of years a stodgy world of elbow-patch blazers, dusty books and heady rumination — is changing at digital speed. Florida colleges offer some 30,000 courses and 700 degrees online. Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, have millions of average people learning Hippocrates from Stanford or guitar from Berklee College of Music. It can be at odds with traditional values. Some teachers and parents worry the intangible, cerebral gifts of college — sitting in ivy-coated buildings, arguing with a professor, pondering, pontificating — could be lost.

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