Saturday, September 13, 2014

The MOOC Revolution That Wasn’t

The MOOC Revolution That Wasn’t | TechCrunch
"Three years ago this week, Sebastian Thrun recorded his Stanford class on Artificial Intelligence, released it online to a staggering 180,000 students, and started a “revolution in higher education.” 

Soon after, Coursera, Udacity and others promised free access to valuable content, supposedly delivering a disruptive solution that would solve massive student debt and a struggling economy. Since then, over 8 million students have enrolled in their courses.

This year, that revolution fizzled. Only half of those who signed up watched even one lecture, and only 4 percent stayed long enough to complete a course. Further, the audience for MOOCs alreadyhad college degrees so the promise of disrupting higher education failed to materialize."

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