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Are online courses ready for prime time?




Students sit around the Bruin Bear statue during lunchtime on the campus of UCLA on April 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
Students sit around the Bruin Bear statue during lunchtime on the campus of UCLA on April 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
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Massive open online courses, or MOOCS, have generated a lot of excitement and political heat, mainly because they promise to revolutionize education or make it cheaper to offer students the classes they need to graduate.

San Jose State University was one of the first to start experimenting with a pilot program, but as KQED's Charla Bear reports, most students failed the courses.