Whether the massive open online course phenomenon is a welcome or a threatening prospect for higher education institutions divides informed writers. There is consensus that MOOCs offer education institutions a useful lever for restructuring and transition, The Australian reports.

On balance, the literature expresses the view that MOOCs will probably not threaten traditional forms of university teaching in the short term, but a sub-group of credible writers foresees wide, sudden changes and disruptions to institutions from MOOCs.

The maturing of the MOOC format is attested to in the literature by the emergent picture of MOOC models delivering falling costs and...

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