As the hype subsides, it’s time to take a long hard look at massive open online courses (MOOCs). So says Monash University’s Neil Selwyn, an expert in the use of technology in education, Financial Review reports.

Selwyn is one of a band of researchers ­globally who’ve been awarded Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grants to probe the much touted but little evidenced potential of MOOCs to, well, change the world.

The New York Times was spot-on when proclaiming 2012 as the year of the MOOC and things haven’t slowed down for 2013,” Professor Selwyn says. “The general gold-rush frenzy has certainly died...

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