Massive Open Online Courses Make College Degrees More Affordable. Does That Make Them a Threat to Campus Life?
By Douglas Belkin
A generation of young Americans is bearing the brunt of decades of runaway college costs. Graduates are entering the workforce with staggering student loans that are inhibiting their ability to buy homes, cars and start families.
Massive open online courses—or MOOCs—hold the promise of bending that cost curve down. The genius of MOOCs is that they can reach millions of students. Their Achilles’ heel, if they have one, is that they are impersonal.
With the growing pressure to lower the cost of higher education, we asked three experts to weigh in on the role MOOCs could play in the future of higher education, and how MOOCs might change the way we think about college.
Joining our roundtable discussion, by email, are Clay Shirky, a New York University professor who researches the social and economic effects of technology; Darryl Tippens, provost of Pepperdine University; and Ray Schroeder, associate vice chancellor of online learning at the University of Illinois Springfield.
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