They're dramatically cheaper and often free. They often provide a better view of the chalkboard than sitting in the back half of most college classrooms. You can speed up or slow down the video.
What's not to like? This one is a bit harder, especially if you like online forums better than seminar rooms. Yet there are still many signals that get lost when you're not in the room. Sure, you can blip over the comments from the pompous and the clueless, but there's something valuable in hearing them talk and gesture.
College fanatics will also say that massive online open courses, aka MOOCs, leave out the best part of college: Late-night study dates at the malt shop, pinning a "kick me" sign on the back of the professor's tweed blazer, smelling the old books in the library, or loafing around the campus on a spring or fall day. Of course you can do all of those things with a MOOC, too -- you just don't need to run them through the MOOCs interface. Hmmm. Maybe there's no reason to be too negative and cynical about everything.
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