By Dr. John Ebersole | WIRED
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Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have captured the attention of higher education and the political community in a way seldom seen. To many, the idea of accessing instruction at world class institutions for free is the answer to a prayer. As a new form of instructional delivery, MOOCs could take some of the heat off of higher education, with its ever rising tuition, and the politicians as well, whose cuts to state support have made necessary those increases. Hopefully, MOOCs will offer ways for state governors, legislators and college administrators to promote universal access to higher education without having to worry about cost….