A Los Angeles Times reporter, Larry Gordon, recently joined the world of massive open online courses (MOOCs).

"I'd chosen professor Zuzana Bic's free five-week Principles of Public Health from UC Irvine because I was interested in the topics and wanted a relatively short class based at a Southern California campus," the story read.

Gordon enrolled through Coursera, a for-profit organization founded by two Stanford University professors. The story also said, "Advocates say the MOOCs will reduce costs and widen access to education, but skeptics question the quality of learning and the potential for cheating."

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