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How will these courses be delivered? the masses wonder, and more interestingly: how will we keep an eye on students? This is an interesting question, of course, because while it is good and possible to dupe a prof who isn't physically standing before you, most F2F universities don't have professors following you around to keep you honest, limiting engagement to lecture time. In fact, the only real difference than a MooC and a regular online course is the cashola, and I would argue anyone willing to sign themselves up and commit to a course in their free time is probably well motivated.
Truth be told, the progress this indicates is a sign of the times--learning is taking new shapes and new faces and will continue to innovate as part of the human experience because it is part of and shaped by the human experience.
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Good for Oxford.