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Unlocking the Gates by Taylor Walsh, William G. Bowen

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CONCLUSIONS

Online courseware is a sign that the changes technology has wrought across every sector of society have begun to penetrate even the most elite universities. While the initiatives profiled here are ancillary to these universities’ core instructional activities, online courseware is a young and evolving field, and these initiatives may be the first inklings of greater changes to come. This chapter, organized thematically to highlight key findings, takes stock of lessons learned to date from the projects discussed here. The subsequent epilogue takes a more speculative view of the possibilities these initiatives might hold for the higher education sector as a whole.

Trade-offs between breadth and depth indicate vastly different ambitions—and ...

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