By Dennis Yang, President and COO, Udemy
MOOCs (massive open online courses) have been around a few years. My company, Udemy, has been around since 2010. However, it wasn’t until 2012 that MOOCs became the so-called next big thing.
Last November, The New York Times declared 2012 “The Year of the MOOC.” And with that pronouncement came a pronounced backlash. Well, maybe “backlash” is too strong a word, but there is no doubt that once the hype cycle reached its zenith late last year, the rising chorus of voices declaring they are over MOOCs seemed to just keep getting louder.
Maybe it’s the online education equivalent of the famous Sports Illustrated cover jinx, the urban legend that once someone makes the cover, his career will quickly decline or burn out spectacularly. Or maybe it’s the polarizing nature of much of the coverage itself, which asserts that “higher education is on the edge of the crevasse” or “MOOCs will never replace schools or faculty teaching.” These arguments we’ve seen made repeatedly and mostly land on one extreme or another. But as with many things, the truth lies somewhere in between.
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