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"Massive Open Online Courses are likely to drive part of the student market away from 'long haul' degree programs as students instead build a set of skills–focused credentials from different providers, according to Richard James, pro–vice chancellor of engagement and participation at Melbourne University.
'My guess is that the big change in the long run is going to be some sections of the community moving away from long haul, costly credentials,' Professor James told a student engagement conference in Melbourne this week."
(Andrew Trounson, 02 November 2012, The Australian)
"THE NUMBER of people enrolled in free online subjects at Melbourne University has overtaken enrolments at its campuses in less than two months.
The university became the first Australian institute to join online education provider Coursera in September.
Since then more than 52,000 students have enrolled in the university's free massive open online courses, which will begin next year."
(Benjamin Preiss, 3 November 2012, The Age)
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