The MOOC Racket Widespread online-only higher ed will be disastrous for students—and most professors. (Slate)

The MOOC Racket Widespread online-only higher ed will be disastrous for students—and most professors. (Slate)

By Jonathan Rees

Thursday, July 25, 2013, at 8:51 AM

“While MOOCs may serve a purpose as nerdy edu-tainment for people who are so inclined, a workforce trained without close contact with professors of any kind might as well not attend college at all. Going to the library and reading a bunch of books would be equally effective, and probably a whole lot cheaper.”

This perspective perhaps hinges on one’s definition of “teach,” as well as on the end role MOOCs might play in the classroom.

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