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As Online Learning Grows, the College Campus Lives On

Stanford professor Sebastian Thrun, a pioneer in "massively open online courses," or MOOCs.
Stanford professor Sebastian Thrun, a pioneer in "massively open online courses," or MOOCs. Photograph by Noah Berger/The New York Times via Redux

Success in management requires learning as fast as the world is changing. Given that the world is changing at an accelerating clip, the business student-leader must plan on learning constantly and continually. Lifelong learning will be mandatory—that much is certain. What is less certain is the form that this education will take, for either the business student or the working professional.

The latest rage is online education. Stanford, MIT, Harvard, and other top universities have taken the lead in offering free, “massively open online courses” (or MOOCs), which can allow one professor in Cambridge or Palo Alto to lecture hundreds of thousands of people around the world.