Deseret News' Heroes of 2012

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 2 2013 5:57 p.m. MST

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MOOCs: For throwing open the doors to world-class instruction.

Massively open online courses — MOOCs — seem to have hit a tipping point this last year thanks to the entrepreneurial efforts of three Stanford University professors who have made college courses from leading universities available to millions of learners around the world. In January of 2012, Sebastian Thrun launched Udacity, and in April, Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller launched Coursera. Both of these start-ups provide anyone with access to the Internet the opportunity, at no monetary cost, to learn from the best instructors in the world. Although MOOCs cannot yet grant credit, they are putting long-overdue pressure on traditional models of university instruction.

>> A typical MOOC is an online course open to people all over the globe via the Internet. Usually, no fee is charged and no credit is awarded. MOOCs have potential to make higher learning less expensive and more widely available. (Deseret News archives)
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Bravo to the Deseret News for highlighting 6 initiatives or role models that will positively impact the world. Now, it is the readers' turn to read this story, ponder its connection to their future and spend less time reading the sports stories. Until readers alter their behavior to match their deepest, most important values, no innovative media reporting will really help.

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