The fruit ripens slowly,” the Guru Nis­ar­ga­datta Maharaj once observed, “but it drops suddenly.”

In a sim­ilar fashion, MOOCs (or mas­sive open online courses) seem to have arrived almost out of nowhere, in quick suc­ces­sion – first Udacity in Feb­ruary of last year, fol­lowed by Coursera in April, then edX in May. Remark­able as it may seem, MOOCs as we know them today have been with us only for as long as it has taken the Earth to make one orbit around the sun.

I like to call the last year ‘the decade of online learning,’ ” joked Anant Agarwal, pres­i­dent of edX, during my recent visit to the offices of his bustling startup in the Kendall Square area of Cam­bridge, Mass.


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