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November 26, 2012

MOOCs could be revolutionary for education, or not

  • Internet-based courses offered by elite universities through Coursera, edX and others, are wildly popular, with some attracting hundreds of thousands of students.
  • By JUSTIN POPE
    AP Education Writer

    In 15 years of teaching, University of Pennsylvania classicist Peter Struck has guided perhaps a few hundred students annually in his classes on Greek and Roman mythology through the works of Homer, Sophocles, Aeschylus and others — “the oldest strands of our cultural DNA.”

    But if you gathered all of those tuition-paying, in-person students together, the group would pale in size compared with the 54,000 from around the world who, this fall alone, are taking his class online for free — a “Massive Open Online Course,” or MOOC, offered through a company called Coursera.


     
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