“Two- and three-year-olds love video games and they’re able to play with iPads – all they have to do is wipe their fingers over the keyboard,” he said. “That’s happening already in the home and it would be really fun for them to use those skills in the kindergarten.”

Agarwal is the second MOOC backer to clarify what MOOCs are, and what they should be in educational circles.

Sebastian Thrun, CEO of MOOC platform Udacity, reassured educators that the massive courses were never meant to replace traditional college classes — a widespread concern in many faculty circles.

“Part of the problem of the public dialogue is that some people have very quickly moved forward to tout what we do as a kind of replacement for college,” Thrun said in a recent podcast interview. “Which has unnecessarily polarized the field.”


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