MOOCs – the 21st Century correspondence course?

In the MIT Review, Nicholas Carr compares the trend towards the use of MOOCs in higher education to an early 20th century trend, courses presented by postal mail.

Is it different this time? Has technology at last advanced to the point where the revolutionary promise of distance learning can be fulfilled? We don’t yet know; the fervor surrounding MOOCs makes it easy to forget that they’re still in their infancy. But even at this early juncture, the strengths and weaknesses of this radically new form of education are coming into focus.

The Crisis in Higher Education – technologyreview.com