MOOC: It sounds like an ultra, top, super-secret military program or maybe some new teenage catchphrase. In reality, MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Courses, and it is being hailed as the solution for higher education in poverty stricken or developing countries. In a nutshell, universities grant open access to
The number of “massive open online courses” or “MOOCs” continues to grow, led by Coursera with over 200 free courses offered by over 30 universities and almost 2.3 million students worldwide as of this writing. Also based in Palo Alto CA, Udacity claims over a million online students. Harvard’s and
Finally there is an alternative to a high-priced residential college education: free online education. Fee-based online universities and free online courses have been around for a long time, but now it might be possible soon to get an entire college education at a significantly reduced price, if not for free.