Higher education is still trying to figure out what MOOCs can really do, he said. They’re evolving at a rapid pace, but research on their potential is just now really getting under way. In the future, MOOC platforms could offer an entire curriculum, not just courses.

In July, when the MIT Technology Review asked Udacity co-founder Sebastian Thrun where he hoped his MOOC provider would be in five years, he said it would be accepted as though it were a university.

Schroeder was more cautious with his optimism.

“We’ll track MOOCs and see how they do,” he said. “Were still very early in this process and I think there are a number of ways that we’ll see MOOCs evolve to lower the overall cost of education.”


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