Massive open online courses don't have a business model, but they can still help universities advance their missions, Ryan Craig argues. But it will take different kinds of courses led by different sorts of professors.
At the small liberal arts college where I teach, we have recently undertaken a wholesale revision of our core liberal arts curriculum. This is the set of requirements -- some specific courses, some chosen from a range of options -- that all students at the college must take before graduation. For professors in the natural sciences, this revision has required a good deal of thought about the content and nature of science courses offered to a non-major audience.