The anti-MOOC? Small costly online courses

by Amy Scott, Marketplace

There’s a moment in John Covach’s course on the history of rock music when he takes apart the Beatles song that launched the British Invasion. Until now only students at the University of Rochester could take Covach’s class. Starting next fall it’ll be open to students at Duke, Northwestern and Vanderbilt — online. Rochester is one of ten universities teaming up to offer online courses to one another’s students. Students from outside can also apply. Unlike massive online courses, these classes will be small. Think the opening credits of “The Brady Bunch.” Also unlike most free online courses, students will earn full college credit. Ed Macias, provost of Washington University in St. Louis, says, “we want the online learning experience to be as rich and robust as that we already have in our in-classroom experience.” Speaking of rich, that experience will cost just as much as traditional classes — roughly $4,000 a course.

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