“Every day, students find it easier to take courses anywhere and anytime and accumulate them into a degree at a growing number of fully accredited institutions, Eric Rabkin writes for Cisco. “StraighterLine, which Fast Company calls ‘An eBay For Professors To Sell College Courses Directly To Students’, offers general education courses at $999/year for 10 courses.  According to the Education Advisory Board,  over 250 institutions across America, from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., to the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, have accepted at least some of these credits.  Without their captive audience, how will most schools survive?  One answer, I call ‘the college drop-in.’  In the long run, the drop-in phenomenon should drive a very desirable revolution for educational institutions, for individuals, and for business.”

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Jake New

Jake New studied journalism at Indiana University, where he was editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, the Indiana Daily Student. At the IDS, Jake covered the IU administration, minority student issues, and state education policy. After a brief stint at the Bloomington Herald-Times covering IU, crime, and local politics, Jake interned at the Chronicle of Higher Education in Washington D.C, writing about online learning, open-access policies, academic publishing, and ed-tech startups. Jake joined eCampus News as an assistant editor in May 2013, where he continues to cover technology and higher education. His days often begin with a cup of coffee and the sinking feeling that another MOOC story is just around the corner. Follow Jake via Twitter: @eSN_Jake