A MOOC at Duke University, “History and Future of (Mostly) Higher Education,” opened on Monday morning. A few of us gathered in the university’s Smith Warehouse, anticipating a rush of technical questions about the online course. None came.
Instead, people from around the world began to introduce themselves. The first comment was from Britain, then from Germany, China, Brazil, and Quebec. Introductions from a few American cities—Boston, Des Moines, and Asheville, N….