MOOCs Stir Up Controversy


It’s been less than three years since MOOCs entered the public discourse, but the online classes are already causing quite a stir in the higher education universe as elite universities such as Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor embrace the courses. “This movement has raised more awareness and enthusiasm for higher learning than I recall in recent history in this country,” says Ray Schroeder, director of the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service at the University of Illinois—Springfield. “It has allowed people to quickly and easily access learning in fields that otherwise they would have never pursued.”

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