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Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Online Learning 2012 > Special Report > MOOCs
The Chronicle's special report on Online Learning examines the phenomenon of massive open online courses, or MOOC's, and the hype, hope, and questions that surround them
Led by some of the nation's most prestigious research universities, new players are signing on each month to teach free, online courses that have drawn tens of thousands of students worldwide. In more than a dozen articles, see how MOOC's may allow a pilot from Mumbai and a newly promoted manager from Tennessee to learn from some of the world's top thinkers without paying a cent for tuition. And hear from others, including a prominent humanist, who worry that all this attention on MOOC's and other online courses threatens the future of American higher education.
While questions remain about how the courses will sustain themselves financially, what value students will derive from them, and how they will affect traditional degrees, the MOOC phenomenon shows no sign of fading.