Before I read this article I had heard of free online courses by various institutions of higher education, but didn't know they had a collective name—Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs). One doesn't get college credit for such courses, at least not directly. After completing the course one can then go for a prior learning assessment. This is disruptive technology. Not enough to replace current college degrees, but we are on the path to a new approach to higher education. The current education bubble, combined with reduced job opportunities for humanities graduates could force a revolution. For example, we could give higher value to an AA and front load that AA with immediately useful courses, very task related, saving the other 60 credit hours for Continuing Education/Distance Learning for courses that round out a person, preparing them for leadership or management positions. A little innovation and the current system could implode.
Hat tip to the Instapundit.
Regards — Cliff