The Washington Post

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

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.

A consortium of highly regarded universities around the country said today it was starting a first-of-its kind program that would allow undergraduates from the schools to take approved online courses for credit from any of the institutions.