To their (online) credit

By Editorial Board, Duke Chronicle

It is coming. After years of forecasting, anticipating and strategizing, online education is making bold strides in elite higher education. Duke reached an important milestone by announcing its collaboration with Semester Online, a platform created by the company 2U that will allow students to take online courses at Duke and nine other universities for credit. Students need not attend any of the consortium universities, as long as they pass Semester Online’s admissions requirements. For-credit online courses feel inevitable given the growing momentum of online platforms in higher education generally. But Duke’s participation in Semester Online seems to be the result of a thoughtful and productive partnership with 2U. Semester Online will have real benefits for the University.

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