Online classes are bound to explode virally over the never 10-15 years. They will change the face of traditional education. At first, it will be a wild west with few rules but soon it will blossom into a new Renaissance of learning the likes of the world has not seen since the printing press.


Remember all the hubbub last month when Instagram (s FB) changed its Terms of Service, outraging users who were concerned that they had become the product?

Well, to keep that from happening to the new wave of massive open online courses (MOOCs), a group of 12 educators, including MOOC-provider Udacity, has released what it calls a “Bill of Rights and Principles for Learning in the Digital Age.” Apparently created at a “MOOC Summit,” which Udacity founder and Stanford Professor Sebastian Thrun helped organize, the point of the document is to lay out a framework for protecting the rights of online students.

As MOOC-mania sweeps the world, attracting dozens of universities and millions of students, the authors of the Bill say the new learning platforms are “so promising in possibility, and yet so ripe for exploitation.” In rather lofty language, the bill puts forth a set of “inalienable rights,”…

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