In the last few years many have voiced highly spirited claims that a new formula of education in the form of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) was going to revolutionize higher education. The claim was that ample access to new technologies would make possible for anybody to obtain a quality college education for free through the Internet. A lot of individuals and institutions became very excited about this possibility and the conversation about it ranged from editorial articles in the media to extremely optimistic assertions by people associated with politics, education, government and industry.