Educational Technology

June 19, 2014

U-Penn. president Gutmann remains bullish on free online courses

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

By Nick Anderson, Washington Post

Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, said in a recent visit to Washington that she remains fully committed to the MOOC experiment. Penn, she said, invested $2 million in equity in the MOOC provider known as Coursera. The private Ivy League university in Philadelphia is getting a small trickle of revenue from the venture, Gutmann said, but it is still spending more on the courses than it is getting back. Penn has one of the longer listings of offerings on the Coursera catalog, spanning 33 courses. They include Greek and Roman Mythology, Single Variable Calculus and — from the Wharton business school — an Introduction to Corporate Finance. There is even one for international students called Applying to U.S. Universities. “A lot has happened” in the past two years, Gutmann said in late April. “Our courses alone have enrolled over 2 million students.”

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