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A MOOC That Would Make a Real Difference

28 Oct

An online format could help low-income students learn how to apply to college

Eva Vazquez for the Chronicle

By Jermaine Taylor

Much has been written recently about the advent of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, and what role, if any, they should play in disrupting centuries-old models of pedagogical practices specifically and the higher-education landscape more broadly.

Proponents argue that MOOCs can lower the skyrocketing costs of a college degree and usher in a new age of equal access for students and prosperity for institutions.

These supporters argue that the online courses can fundamentally democratize higher education by putting the have-nots on equal footing with the haves.

Opponents argue that the true purpose of MOOCs is to usurp the notion of higher education entirely, relegating more than 100 years of scholarship and carefully honed teaching to the scrap heap in favor of a modem and high-speed Internet connection.

[ Full article available at The Chronicle of Higher Education: http://chronicle.com/article/A-MOOC-That-Would-Make-a-Real/142565/ ]

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