Carole Cadwalladr toured through a brief history of MOOCs, including Udacity, Khan Academy, Open University, iTunesU, Coursera and edX.
She jumped in as a student to Mohamed Noor’s Introduction to Genetics and Evolution Coursera course, joining about 36,000 other students, and described her “being-blown-away moment.” Cadwalladr interviewed students and course creators, and discussed the students’ various motivations for taking these online courses. Students’ enthusiasm about learning is enough to give you hope for the future of education. So far, 330 people have commented on the article. Join them!