Coded into the DNA of MOOCs (the unwieldy acronym for Massive Open Online Courses) is a profound sense of social, educational, and economic justice. MOOCs are courses from the world's premier institutions of higher learning offered on a variety of platforms, the most notable of which are Coursera, edX, and Udacity.

They aim to bring the knowledge and expertise housed in the most selective public and private universities and deliver them to anybody around the world who has little more than a computer or tablet and a working internet connection, Aljazeera reports.

They are...

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