Universities Reshaping Education on the Web

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 a dozen major research universities are joining the venture. In the fall, Coursera will offer 100 or more free massive open online courses, 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 University of Pennsylvania. Now, partners will include the California Institute of Technology; Duke University; the Georgia Institute of Technology; Johns Hopkins University; Rice University; University of California, San Francisco; 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 Sullivan. Foreign partners include University of Edinburgh in Scotland, the University of Toronto and EPF Lausanne, a technical university in Switzerland. And some of them will offer credit. “This is the tsunami,” said Richard A. DeMillo, the director of the Center for 21st Century Universities at Georgia Tech. “It’s all so new that everyone’s feeling their way around, but the potential upside for this experiment is so big that it’s hard for me to imagine any large research university that wouldn’t want to be involved.” Because of technological advances, among them, the greatly improved quality of online delivery platforms, the ability to personalize material and the capacity to analyze huge numbers of student experiences to see which approach works best, MOOCs are likely to be a game-changer, opening higher education to hundreds of millions of people. To date, most MOOCs have covered computer science, math and engineering, but Coursera is expanding into areas like medicine, poetry and history. MOOCs were largely unknown until a wave of publicity last year about Stanford University’s free online artificial intelligence course attracted 160,000 students from 190 countries. Only a small percentage of students completed the course, but even so, the numbers were staggering. “The fact that so many people are so curious about these courses shows the yearning for education,” said Molly Corbett Broad, president of the American Council on Education. “There are going to be lots of bumps in the road, but this is a very important experiment at a very substantial scale”. So far, MOOCs have offered no credit, just a “statement of accomplishment” and a grade. But the University of Washington said it planned to offer credit for its Coursera offerings this fall, and other online ventures are also moving in that direction. David P. Szatmary, university’s vice provost, said that to earn credit, students would probably have to pay a fee, do extra assignments and work with an instructor (…..)

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/17/education/consortium-of-colleges-takes-online-education-to-new-level.html

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One Response to Universities Reshaping Education on the Web

  1. Professor Uziel Nogueira says: Education is a new frontier explored by the information technology revolution. Coursera will offer 100 or more FREE MASSIVE OPEN ONLINE courses, that are expected to draw millions of students and adult learners globally. Major schools such as Michigan, Princeton, Stanford and the University of Pennsylvania are involved in this initiative. There are two ways to assess the future of Coursera. First, its financial viability. Second, if the business model is sound, what are the possible impacts in the high education system worldwide? Coursera’s primary mission is not spreading high education knowledge all over the world. Its challenge is to develop a business model that generates enough revenues to make it profitable. Now, if the initiative becomes a viable business, the law of unintended consequences may come to play.


    Why to attend a fancy but expensive university in the US and UK and be loaded with debt for years to come, if you can get the same training and degree cheaply via the cyberspace?

    Competition from Coursera, and other internet schools, may end up threatening the lucrative high education business. For example, China and other developing countries can train cheaply millions of future engineers and scientists via the cyberspace. Ironically, the last competitive sector of the US economy i.e., high education can lose its lucrative business to a competition created by one of their.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/17/education/consortium-of-colleges-takes-online-education-to-new-level.html

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