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Published: Tuesday, April 2 2013 9:10 p.m. MDT

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Baron Scarpia
Logan, UT

Ah, another reason to gut higher ed! With all these free classes that people can take in-between watching American idol and checking Facebook, the universities will go on the wayside, much like newspapers...

Like Facebook, Hulu, Twitter, and other online companies that give their products away for free, the problem is that they've not ever become profitable. Facebook is a model example of a company that, as popular as it is, never had a real business model and continues to disappoint investors. We're all waiting for Facebook to finally decide to sell all the information posted on its site to marketers so that it can finally turn a profit for its Wall Street masters.

Online instruction will face similar challenges -- pop up ads, selling of personal info about students to advertisers, etc. -- as it searches for revenue streams.

I'm not optimistic that this will amount to much... but I do worry that our dear legislators will see it as all the more reason to cut funding for education and put it toward prisons and lobbying the feds to take public lands...

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

I have been underwhelmed by the online courses I have taken (and I have taken them from several vendors).

Overall, they are okay for simple "read and regurgitate" material.

But they are inadequate for anything where critical thinking is at play.

Just my own experience.

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