The meteoric rise of the massive open online course (Mooc) has some calling time on traditional campus learning, but do the online courses have a sustainable future? Gregg Bayes-Brown reports.

Despite being the breeding grounds of innovation, supplying both graduates bristling with ideas and spin-out firms themselves, universities around the world are grounded in tradition. The formula behind the institutions has remained unchallenged for centuries, but an internet-driven concept of learning – the massive open online course (Mooc) – is seeking to change this.

UK-listed publisher Pearson commissioned a report, An Avalanche is Coming, which issued a warning about Moocs that even the University of Cambridge has taken notice of.

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