Sebastian Thrun, godfather of the massive open online course, has quietly spread a plastic tarp on the floor, nudged his most famous educational invention into the center, and is about to pull the trigger.
Darden School (Business School) at the University of Virginia (Photo credit: Wikipedia) One can hardly go a day without seeing an article touting the end of the University as we know it as the rise of online education, and in particular Massively ...
ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES: THE NATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION ASSOCIATION COMMITTED TO MAKING THE AIMS OF LIBERAL LEARNING A VIGOROUS AND CONSTANT INFLUENCE ON EDUCATIONAL PRACTICE AND INSTITUTIONAL PLANNING.
The University System of Georgia and big university systems in nine other states have announced a joint partnership with a large educational technology company to offer massive open online courses, or MOOCs.
"Problems emerged. Familiar problems. The completion rates in radio courses were low. Students found the lack of social interaction frustrating. There was also the troublesome matter of academic credit. Some students received mere “certificates of completion” when they successfully completed an air college course and colleges and employers often didn’t know what to do with such things. Other colleges eventually did offer credit toward a degree for radio courses—according to the Chronicle, “between 1923 and 1940, 13 institutions offered courses for credit, and nearly 10,000 students enrolled”—but it didn’t work out so well. Only 17 percent of people who signed up ever earned credit.
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Texas MOOCs for Credit? Steve Kolowich, Inside Higher Ed, 10/16/12 So far the universities partnering with edX and Coursera on massive open online courses (MOOCs) have focused on the ideal of lowering the barriers to elite courses.
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