Tagged with MOOC

What Color Is Your Online Adult Course?

As part of the latest wave of online learning platforms, Massive Online Open Courses (Moocs) have gone viral. They can be useful for certain students, although those interested in changing or enhancing their careers should consider their more intensive sister, distance learning. A Mooc is a mostly free, open course that nearly anyone can apply … Continue reading

Faculty Protest Reforms They Say “Dumb Down” Higher Ed

Universities in South Dakota, Nebraska and other states have cut the number of credits students need to graduate. A proposal in Florida would let online courses forgo the usual higher-education accreditation process, while a California legislator introduced a measure that would have substituted online courses for some of the brick-and-mortar kind at public universities. Some … Continue reading

Unequal Classrooms: What Online Education Cannot Teach

For students from low-income families who manage to overcome the tough odds, college is the first place where they will be asked to defend a position and to engage in vigorous intellectual debate. It is also likely to be the first place where they have to consistently engage with middle-class students and professors and navigate … Continue reading

AAUP Sees MOOCs as Spawning New Threats to Professors’ Intellectual Property

Colleges broadly threaten faculty members’ copyrights and academic freedom in claiming ownership of the massive open online courses their instructors have developed, Cary Nelson, a former president of the American Association of University Professors, argued here on Wednesday at the group’s annual conference. In the meeting’s opening address, Mr. Nelson characterized the debate at colleges over who … Continue reading

Educators Debate Academic Merits of Free Online Courses

As millions flirt with free college-level courses online, educators are still debating their academic merits. Elite schools allow their professors to offer courses on Coursera, Udacity and edX, but so far, most aren’t willing to award students credit for those classes, which suggest that they’re not fully endorsing the pedagogy quite yet. While the most … Continue reading

College Credit Eyed for Online Courses

While massive open online courses, or MOOCs, are still in their early days, the race has begun to integrate them into traditional colleges — by making them eligible for transfer credits, and by putting them to use in introductory and remedial courses. On Tuesday, the American Council on Education, the leading umbrella group for higher … Continue reading

Gates, MOOCs and Remediation

Early returns show that massive open online courses (MOOCs) work best for motivated and academically prepared students. But could high-quality MOOCs benefit a broader range of learners, like those who get tripped up by remedial classes? That’s the question the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation wants to answer with a newly announced round of 10 grants for … Continue reading