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The Mooc Racket

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UC Berkeley students

A UCBerkeley student works on her laptop. Are online courses really the future of higher education?

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The word mooc sounds a bit like slang from Goodfellas or the affectionate shortening of the already-affectionate name of a former outfielder for the New York Mets. In fact, a MOOC is a new kind of college-like experience that seems to possess the magical power to turn some of the smartest people in academia into followers of a faith-based cult because they want to become its idols.

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