As one who has done his fair share of MOOCS or mass online courses this past five years, I was very interested to learn from the Tom Ashbrook’s On Point this morning that Georgia Tech is now offering a $7000 Masters Degree in Computer Science, a fraction of what MIT is offering. My experience with this model of delivery, while limited to undergraduate courses from a variety of universities including Princeton, Yale, Duke, Edinburgh, Copenhagen, Virginia and Pennsylvania, has been generally good when it comes to exposing myself to new ideas. That opportunity allows me to take tests, write small essays, listen to lectures, network with other students, and critically read up on new research. As for the rigor, it doesn’t compare with any formal online correspondence courses I have taken at cost. You might call my efforts a nibbling at the edges. I already have two regular degrees plus dozens of formal correspondence courses with extensive reading requirements, but am not willing to invest sixty to a hundred dollars for a certificate of completion to hang on my wall. Once again, I have  become a better informed person for taking these eight to ten week courses but I am not eager to take on another learning program, what with so many other things I enjoy doing in my retirement. Even if I did achieve a MSc from Georgia Tech, I don’t know where I would use it because I am no longer part of a vigorous job market. It goes without saying that this concept of mass learning will only succeed if its designers can attract enough students – an increasing number coming from abroad – to achieve a break-even point.