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U.Va. Enters Agreement To Distribute Courses Online

U.Va. Enters Agreement To Distribute Courses Online | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

Published Date: July 17, 2012
Source: Univ. of Virginia - press release
URL: http://www.virginia.edu/uvatoday/newsRelease.php?id=19116

Title: (MOOCs) University of Virginia Enters Agreement To Distribute Courses Online

Abstract/Quotes:
"U.Va.'s agreement with Coursera, announced today, has been in the works for several months. Both the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and Darden School of Business have been carefully evaluating options that could result in thousands of students having online access to world-class instruction from U.Va." -- from the Source

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Silicon Valley Firm To Help UVA Expand Online Courses : NPR

Published Date: July 17, 2012
Source: NPR Morning Edition transcript
URL: http://www.npr.org/2012/07/17/156891653/silicon-valley-firm-to-help-uva-expand-online-courses

Title: (MOOCs) Silicon Valley Firm To Help UVA Expand Online Courses

Abstract/Quotes:
"NPRs Claudio Sanchez: "SANCHEZ: In fact, not one of the 16 institutions that Coursera has signed up till now offers academic credit or a degree. Instead, students receive a certificate for completing courses that can last anywhere from four to 12 weeks. Coursera today enrolls 690,000 people in 190 countries and those numbers are growing.

The Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and investors, who thus far have put more than $22 million into the operation, believe they can make lots of money down the road.

The University of Virginia's vice provost Milton Adams says this is not just about money, for UVA it's a chance to join the ranks of institutions that are using technology to help democratize higher education around the world.
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In a statement, UVA president Teresa Sullivan said: There are still many unknowns concerning online teaching. But this partnership will in no way diminish the value of a UVA. Degree - rather it will enhance its brand." -- from the Source

The Source is an NPR Morning Edition transcription. The original audio is available at this URL too.

 

I note with interest President Sullivan uses the words Degree and Brand in the closing remarks. Branding of Academic Institutions seems to be as important as their contribution to the traditional ideals of "increasing the body of knowledge" or "preparing the future leaders and contributors to a better society."

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Consortium of Colleges Takes Online Education to New Level

Consortium of Colleges Takes Online Education to New Level | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

Published Date: July 17, 2012
Source: New York Times
URL:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/17/education/consortium-of-colleges-takes-online-education-to-new-level.html?src=me&ref=general

Title: Universities Reshaping Education on the Web

Abstract/Quotes:
"As part of a seismic shift in online learning that is reshaping higher education, Coursera, a year-old company founded by two Stanford University computer scientists, will announce on Tuesday that a dozen major research universities are joining the venture. In the fall, Coursera will offer 100 or more free massive open online courses, or MOOCs, that are expected to draw millions of students and adult learners globally.

Even before the expansion, Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng, the founders of Coursera, said it had registered 680,000 students in 43 courses with its original partners, Michigan, Princeton, Stanford and the University of Pennsylvania.

Now, the partners will include the California Institute of Technology; Duke University; the Georgia Institute of Technology; Johns Hopkins University; Rice University; the University of California, San Francisco; the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; the University of Washington; and the University of Virginia, where the debate over online education was cited in last’s month’s ousting — quickly overturned — of its president, Teresa A. Sullivan. Foreign partners include the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, the University of Toronto and EPF Lausanne, a technical university in Switzerland."  -- from the Source

Note:  Coursera is the new "shiny new toy" that every University wants to be part of in some way. By the way, this is one of the issues that caused the UVA President to be fired temporarily. The Board wanted her to join in, but she did not until MOOCs proved some validated value and ROI. You'll notice she has bent to the pressure in the quote above and now UVA is a member of Coursera.

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