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Paper: Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): Free Learning for All, or the End of Higher Education as We Know It?
Volume: 483, Ensuring STEM Literacy: A National Conference on STEM Education and Public Outreach
Page: 7
Authors: Hufnagel, B.; Adair, D.; Greenstein, G.; Sliva-Spitzer, J.
Abstract: It has been said that Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time is the most-purchased and the least-read book of all time. Supporters of MOOCs claim that they also will provide an inexpensive gateway to the cutting-edge and fascinating topics taught by brilliant and engaging professors, formerly available only to those who can afford to attend elite universities. Finally, high quality education for everyone! What's not to like? A panel of three education professionals, one developing a MOOC, one whose college has decided not to pursue this format, and one whose career is dedicated to measuring and maintaining the quality of online courses, presented their viewpoints and engaged the audience in a discussion of this technological innovation.
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