A failed experiment at nonprofit massive open online course (MOOC) platform edX has cast a pall over one possible future for the online learning platforms.

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MOOC provider Udacity announced in November that it would turn its focus away from traditional colleges and universities and toward more vocational training. This “pivot” led many to speculate that the future of MOOCs could be career -- rather than higher education -- oriented.

Now, an unsuccessful job-placement pilot program quietly tested by edX...

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