[caption id="attachment_55893" align="alignleft" width="150"] Major MOOC platforms have seen their funding skyrocket since 2012.[/caption]

From a stopgap measure for under-served college students to a massive enterprise forming new partnerships with research and public universities alike, the role of massive open online courses (MOOCs) in higher education has undergone a massive shift over the past year -- one that has drawn millions in funding while colleges grapple with out-of-control costs.

It's difficult to overstate how much MOOCs and their providers have changed since 2012, with much of that transition drawing backlash from educators and technologists.


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