From the July/August, 2013 issue of Touchstone
Cyber Schooling by Arthur W. Hunt III

Cyber Schooling

Arthur W. Hunt III on Internet Universities & Flesh-and-Blood Teachers 

When Stanford professor Sebastian Thrun placed his graduate-level artificial intelligence course online last year—for free mind you—160,000 students enrolled. Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are now being heralded as the harbinger of a new mode of higher education and the answer to rising tuition rates.

Online courses are by now a familiar feature in higher education; what's new is the hastening to make them a chief ingredient within the entire university recipe. Columnist David Brooks observed in a May 2012 New York Times op- . . .

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