Moshe Y. Vardi identified important negative trends in "Will MOOCs Destroy Academia?" (Nov. 2012). But we should regard MOOCs as part of an early, awkward stage of a shift in education likely to produce something unrecognizable within even our own generation.
I just received the paper version of this magazine in USMail today (3/14/2013). How long has this online version been available for users? - probably around 2 weeks.
Several factors could create a delay between an issue's publication online and its delivery by mail. Magazines generally arrive in concentrated metropolitan areas before rural or less-concentrated areas. Issues are published in the ACM Digital Library and on the CACM Web site more quickly than in the past. U.S. Postal Service delays may also be a factor.
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