By Jane Karr
When massive open online courses first made headlines in 2011, they were trumpeted for their potential to reduce costs and expand access to higher learning, especially elite education. So how’s that going so far?
Two new books aim to answer that question, chronicling the rather brief history of MOOCs — courses from prestigious universities, most of them free and enrolling throngs of students.
Jonathan Haber calls his book, published last week, simply “MOOCs” (M.I.T. Press). The slim paperback is a primer on the phenomenon as well as a chronicle of his own experience fast-tracking the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. He spent 12 months taking MOOCs and other forms of free learning, and blogged about it as the Degree of Freedom project. (He already had an old-fashioned degree, in chemistry, from Wesleyan University.)
[ Full article available at The New York Times: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/10/30/a-history-of-moocs-open-online-courses/ ]