MOOCs have emerged as a disruptive force in  ‘traditional’ higher education.  A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course allowing unlimited student enrollment through the internet, Chicago Now reports.

Coursera is one leading provider, encouraging participants to, “Take the world’s best courses, online, for free.”

In a meetup held at Northwestern University on October 17th, four of the major functions of universities were identified: education, credentialing, socialization and research.

The conversation touched on how MOOCs may be unbundling some of these roles by offering education and credentialing, while clearly not addressing others, i.e., research and socialization.

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