The rapid spread of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, is transforming higher education in the U.S. and worldwide.
U.S. universities and colleges are scrambling to formulate MOOC strategies, or risk being put on the defensive if they don’t have them.
Three MOOC providers are spearheading the MOOC proliferation: edX, a nonprofit launched by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard with initial pledges of $30 million each; and Udacity and Coursera, two for-profit MOOC course providers with links to Stanford University.
Anant Agarwal, former director of MIT’s artificial intelligence lab and president of edX, told India-West in an exclusive interview that 2012 was “the year of disruption” for higher education in the U.S.
(Richard Springer wrote this article under a New America Media education fellowship for ethnic media journalists in California, with support from the California Education Policy Fund and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.)
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