MOOCs – hype, help, or hindrance

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For better or worse MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses) tend to produce strong opinions in people. From those who see MOOCs as the future of education, to those who see them as spelling doom for universities, there has been no shortage of digital ink spilled on the topic. And while MOOCs have never disappeared entirely from conversations about the future of education, it seemed like the focus on this particular buzzword has slowed in recent months.

However, a recent announcement by Sebastian Thrun, CEO and Co-founder of Udacity, that his company had “a lousy product” has rekindled the inferno of debates surrounding MOOCs. Udacity was launched in 2011 with a goal of bringing MOOCs into the mainstream. Thrun was quick to make bombastic claims about the Udacity brand of MOOCs with statements like, “we have found the magic combination for online learning.” With venture capital investments…

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