Online courses are catching on rapidly with students — and universities can either take advantage of their popularity or risk being left behind, the Corvallis Gazette-Times reports.

That was the message delivered Monday by Oregon State University educator Kevin Ahern at the monthly meeting of the Corvallis City Club.

“I have a great passion for education,” said Ahern, a senior instructor in biochemistry and biophysics at OSU. “I have concerns for education as well.”

Ahern is no stranger to the power of online education.

Some years ago he began videotaping his lectures and making them available for free on YouTube, where the curious also...

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