Tom Friedman is sort of a trailing indicator of sorts using his column to acknowledge the change around him. His usual column is filled with scolding warnings to Americans that India and China are rising and will soon start competing for the jobs of Americans.
This week he turns his pen to the online learning revolution. He writes:
The process of developing credible credentials that verify that the student has adequately mastered the subject — and did not cheat — and can be counted on by employers is still being perfected by all the MOOCs. But once it is, this phenomenon will really scale.
I think this pretty much assures us that old fashioned, four-year degree programs are now officially passe and the MOOCs are here to stay.
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