The Conspiracy-Theory Conspiracy

Five Things You Need to Read Today

1. “There Is No Market for Higher Education”

It’s back-to-school time, so what better time to look at the growing alternatives to expensive higher education? Check out this overview of “How to Get a World-Class Education for Free on the Internet.”…

The scale of what is available is impressive. According to this article, Coursera “now has over 28 million users and over 2,000 courseswhich can either be taken for free or for a small fee to earn an official certificatefrom leading institutions like Harvard and Stanford.” But it is only a fraction of what I think is possible.

The question, in my mind, is not whether online education can replace or at least seriously cut into the business of traditional higher education. The question is: why hasn’t it done so already?

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