The Coursera Gift Horse? » Educational Insanity

I like the pragmatic view in this post and share many of these sentiments. I don't care for the overselling of MOOCs ("Hey kid, turn down that scholarship and tear up that college application. Just take MOOCs for free!"), but I think we'll see them help individuals in interesting ways before we see a lot of systemic impacts. For example, how much value to a GED could be added with a few MOOC completion certificates? It might mean a second chance at college acceptance instead of settling for a "Good Enough Diploma." Even if MOOCs don't replace degrees anytime soon, might they start nibbling at the edges of college certificate programs? Or continuing education?