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MOOCs keep getting bigger. But do they work?

The hottest trends this fall on campus? Denim jeggings. Nerd glasses. Studded backpacks. Instagram. The MOOC. Hailed by politicians and journalists as the affordable future of higher education, the MOOC is neither fashion accessory nor smartphone app. It’s a massive open online course—a college class available for free online to tens of thousands of people at once.