After months of hype and hope about MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, one thing is clear: they aren’t very good at teaching those most in need of education. Instead, they’re serving the education “haves”: About 80 percent of people taking MOOCs already have a college degree. But free online courses may still spark an education revolution, in ways that their biggest proponents hadn’t guessed. In this talk Jeff Young — editor and writer for The Chronicle of Higher Education and Berkman Fellow — takes a closer look at who is taking MOOCs and why, and examines how free courses fit into broader Internet trends.
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