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From the Panel

  • Against: Jonathan Cole

  • Leading Voices in Higher Education
    Jonathan Cole, Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth, May 16, 2012In this lecture, Cole discusses the history and future of leading American universities.
  • The Great American University
    Jonathan Cole, Public Affairs, January 12, 2010This book traces the origins and evolution of our great universities.
  • Click Here for a Columbia Education?
    Columbia College Today, February 2001Cole comments on online education at Columbia in 2001.
  • Against: Rebecca Schuman

  • Why Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Failed
    Virginia Prescott, Word of Mouth, New Hampshire Public Radio, December 11, 2013Schuman discusses MOOCs and Udacity’s Sebastian Thrun with Virginia Prescott.
  • The King of MOOCs Abdicates the Throne
    Rebecca Schuman, Slate, November 19, 2013 Sebastian Thrun, godfather of the massive open online course, has quietly spread a plastic tarp on the floor, nudged his most famous educational invention into the center, and is about to pull the trigger.
  • Thomas Friedman’s Vision of Online Oligarchy
    Rebecca Schuman, The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 8, 2013The brave new world of democratized education (never mind that most remote villages in Egypt do not have high-speed Internet) is anything but.


  • FOR

  • Revolution Hits the Universities
    Thomas Friedman, New York Times, January 26, 2013Nothing has more potential to enable us to reimagine higher education than the massive open online course, or MOOC.
  • Higher Education’s Online Revolution
    John Chubb and Terry Moe, The Wall Street Journal, May 30, 2012The substitution of technology (which is cheap) for labor (which is expensive) can vastly increase access to an elite-caliber education.
  • Can the Current Model of Higher Education Survive MOOCs and Online Learning?
    Henry Lucas, Educause Review, October 7, 2013Not all U.S. colleges and universities will disappear as a result of new technologies, but clearly some will. If higher education institutions embrace the status quo, they will no longer be in control of their own fate.
  • Equalizing Superstars: The Internet and the Democratization of Education
    Daron Acemoglu, David Laibson and John List, MIT Department of Economics Working Paper, January 17, 2014Not only will educational resources be more equally distributed, but also lower-skilled teachers will be winners from this technology.
  • Three Ways MOOCs Will Change Colleges
    Danielle Kurtzleben, U.S. News & World Report, June 18, 2013A few ways that the trend of free online courses could significantly reshape the higher education landscape.

  • The Revolution Is Not Being MOOC-ized
    Gayle Christensen and Brandon Alcorn, Slate, March 16, 2014Ultimately, MOOCs are not by themselves a mechanism for development but require certain levels of education and technology.
  • Why MOOCs Won’t Revolutionize Higher Ed
    Larry Cuban, The Washington Post, July 8, 2013Why will some of these MOOC start-ups die? It is hard to make sufficient money year-after-year from delivering instruction because teaching and learning, unlike automobiles and washing machines, are not subject to productivity and efficiency gains.
  • What MOOCs Can’t Teach
    Emma Green, The Atlantic, December 16, 2013Even the founders of education start-ups say that online courses can’t replace the classroom experience.
  • Faculty Backlash Grows Against Online Partnerships
    Steve Kolowich, The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 6, 2013Many professors recognize that online education is changing the landscape of academe. But faculty members at several colleges are making it clear that they will not be steamrolled.