The MOOC era has dawned with a rush of utopian and dystopian bombast, much of which is bound to be wrong, Berfrois reports. A platform for enabling high-quality instruction over the internet will probably be a boon for higher education at large, even if it drastically changes the working conditions of many people in the profession. At the same time, MOOCs have demonstrated their value only in a handful of fields that deal in limited kinds of knowledge and assessment (and in those venues, as far as I can tell, they are not especially controversial). Much of the concern for...

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