To be sure, enrollment in online learning opportunities (MOOCs and beyond) continues to grow.

New courses (from stalwart institutions like the Ivies and unexpected ones like Wired magazine), new forms of degrees (nano- and micro-), and hybrid programs that blend traditional with online learning (where learners end up with the same credential as those who are campus-bound) continue to be released.

To the surprise of some, revenue has begun to be generated by many of the upstart providers: those with higher ed backers, others with only Silicon Valley cred (especially various coding boot camps and academies), and still others somewhere in the middle, pivoting to gain a broader share of an ebbing and flowing market (the for-profits are on the wane and the nimble next gen entities, like Lynda.com+LinkedIn, are poised to rise).