The Chronicle of Higher Education
April 10th, 2015
After years of skepticism, higher education’s upper class has finally
decided that online learning is going to play an important role in its
future. But what will that role be?
Recently, conversations about "elite" online education have revolved around the free online courses, aka MOOCs,
which Stanford, MIT, Harvard, and dozens of other top universities
started offering several years ago. But it soon became clear that high
marks in those courses would not translate to academic credit at the
institutions offering them (or anywhere else).
So how exactly does online education figure into the future of elite
higher education? Judging by what we’ve seen so far, the answer can be
divided into three parts.