MOOCs: the iTunes of academe

Apple’s iTunes didn’t change the way music was made; it leveraged iPod technology and revolutionised how people consumed music, The Australian reports. MP3 files are lower quality than high-fidelity stereo, but they are so much more convenient. And live music continues to thrive. Just ask the Rolling Stones. Similarly, we do not expect MOOCs to make the campus experience any less desirable. In fact, MOOCs may even encourage students to experience campus life and to pay more for the privilege. Coursera and edX make content produced by academics ubiquitously available. Taking a Harvard class online isn’t like being in Harvard Yard, but it is much cheaper and more accessible.

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