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Consensus Decision Making’s Latest Victim

As appeared on Tweak Your Biz…

The Economist magazine recently noted that while dotcom mania was slow in coming to higher education, it now has the industry firmly in its grip.  Since the launch last year of Udacity and Coursera, two Silicon Valley startups offering free college level courses called MOOCs (massive open online courses), academia has been shaken to its foundations.  University brands built in some cases over centuries have been forced to contemplate the possibility that information technology will rapidly make their existing business model obsolete.  Meanwhile, the MOOCs have multiplied in number, resources, and student recruitment – without yet having figured out a business model of their own.

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