MOOCs could have big implications for K-12 learning
The term "MOOCs"--an acronym for massive open online courses--is no stranger to the higher-education community. Providers such as Coursera, edX, and Udacity have helped to boost MOOC mania, with some courses boasting tens of thousands of participants.
Supporters point to MOOCS' easy accessibility and potential cost savings for students and colleges alike, while critics note the courses' low retention rates and potential impact on college faculty hiring practices. Some universities are exploring whether or not they can offer credit for MOOC participation.