Revolution Hits the Universities
New York Times journalist Thomas Friedman foresees a day when students will create their own college degrees “by taking the best online courses from the best professors from around the world…paying only the nominal fee for the certificates of completion.” MOOCs, he believes, have more potential than any other technology to remake higher education and “unlock a billion more brains to solve the world’s biggest problems.” Friedman relays the highlights of his recent communications with Coursera team members, noting the exponential growth of Coursera over the past nine months – from 300,000 student users and 38 courses last May to 2.4 million students, 214 courses, and 33 partner universities. Friedman also quotes some of the players behind edX, including M.I.T. president Rafael Reif, who has predicted that in the coming years, universities will increasingly leverage technology and the Internet to enhance traditional on-campus experiences at the same time that they offer online courses to students around the world.
Friedman, Thomas. “Revolution Hits the Universities,” The New York Times Op-Ed, 26 Jan. 2013.
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