Professors were asked, do they believe MOOCs "are worth the hype." 79% said yes.
In the largest survey of instructors who have taught massive open online courses, The Chronicle heard from critics, converts, and the cautious.
Hype around these new free online courses has grown louder and louder since a few professors at Stanford University drew hundreds of thousands of students to online computer-science courses in 2011.
Since then MOOCs, which charge no tuition and are open to anybody with Internet access, have been touted by reformers as a way to transform higher education and expand college access.
Many professors teaching MOOCs had a similarly positive outlook: Asked whether they believe MOOCs "are worth the hype," 79 percent said yes.
Via Smithstorian, Deb Nystrom, REVELN