Your Massively Open Offline College Is Broken | The Awl

Your Massively Open Offline College Is Broken | The Awl.

MOOCs are a lightning strike on a rotten tree. Most stories have focused on the lightning, on MOOCs as the flashy new thing. I want to talk about the tree.

Clay Shirky

Clay Shirky (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Clay Shirky, a futurist and college professor, peels back the trendiness of MOOC‘s and finds underneath an academy already in decline and ripe for disruption.

Shirky sees a system in which the core mission (“making people smarter”) can no longer be monopolized;  existing institutions are being challenged by newcomers at an astonishingly lower price-point.

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