Will profiteering ruin MOOCs?

The Massive Open Online Courses revolution is stuck in a tug-of-war between idealism and capitalism. Attempts to use the internet to deliver ubiquitous high-quality university education may be undermined by efforts to profit from the online education trend.

The astonishing idealism and energy manifest in the advance of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) has taken the higher education world by storm.

Universities have been shaken to their foundations by the sudden availability – universally – of high quality tertiary subjects online and free.

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