Massive online open courses, while benefiting many that would not receive the education otherwise, should be a complement, not a replacement, to traditional lecture hall classes, the Daily Tarheel reports.

UNC launched its first MOOC last week on the Coursera interface to be accessed by thousands of students and nonstudents across the globe for free, but not for class credit yet.

Given that it’s in the UNC system charter to provide accessible education to the citizens of North Carolina, this new methodology is in step with the University’s greater goals.

While MOOCs increase access to education from esteemed universities, it shouldn’t be seen...

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