The Washington Post

From the Ivy League to the online world.

A new study on users raises big questions about effectiveness.

There are several big reasons MOOCs won't fully 'disrupt' higher ed.

Here are some of the big grants the Gates Foundation gave in the field of education this month.

MOOCs, those massive open online courses, are said by some to be the future of higher education. Really?

In the you-can't-make-up-this-stuff category: The class was entitled “Fundamentals of Online Education: Planning and Application” and it was a MOOC, one of those massive open online courses that are given for free to tens of thousands of students at a time. Here's a first-person account of how it failed.

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan said in 1996 that the high-flying stock market was an instance of “irrational exuberance.” So too is the notion among university leaders and digital-minded faculty that delivering a degree or college-level courses to anyone with an Internet connection will revolutionize U.S. higher education institutions.

MOOCs have soared in popularity as the “disruptive innovation” that will revolutionize higher education. Here Larry Cuban wonders if, instead, MOOCs will end up helping redefine schooling in higher education too narrowly as the acquisition of information and skills -- just as standardized test-based school reform has done in K-12.