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The Open University is for the future

By Martin Rees   December 2012

According to Martin Bean, the Open University’s vice-chancellor, now is the “web moment” for higher education. It is indeed. The Open University (OU) has vastly more potential in the current era of the internet and smartphone than it did when it began. The internet offers scope for “distance learning” that would have been inconceivable to earlier generations. A new acronym has gained prominence: MOOCs, or “massive online open courses,” which now have a potentially global reach. Two high-level promoters of such MOOCs are Coursera, set up by Stanford academics, and EdX, an online collaboration between MIT and Harvard.

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