In light of Coursera's $43m series B last week, news editor Gregg Bayes-Brown examines why the online course platform is rushing to grab the global student market.

Often dubbed a “hype train” by some in the academic community, the higher education buzzword of the moment, the ‘MOOC’ (massive open online course), is shaping up to be less a linear train track of internet-led disruption derailing traditional campus-based learning, and is evermore resembling a high-octane motor race to the finish.
Leading the pack with its recent close of a $43m series B round is Stanford startup Coursera. Tearing off from the starting line in April last…

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