As more and more students head to American colleges and universities to advance their education and economic prospects, there is dwindling faith in the quality of a four-year degree, especially given the high price tag. Meanwhile, a whole new model of learning is quickly gaining ground. Massive open online courses (MOOCs) offer education to anybody with a reliable internet connection, often for free. MOOCs are attracting massive amounts of students, investment capital, and accolades.
Nicholas Carr is author of the book The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, and a contributor to the MIT Technology Review where he wrote about the potential impacts of MOOCs on higher education. Listen to our interview with him discussing MOOCs.