Online Learning Update

June 29, 2012

Interaction in Massive Open Online Learning: Social Network for Class of 400,000

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:02 am

by Elise Young, Inside Higher Ed

Stanford University began sharing recordings of events and faculty presentations on iTunes U in 2005, and since then it has steadily increased its online offerings. With the launch of the updated iTunes U app in January, Stanford began to offer supplemental materials, such as assessments, quizzes and exams, with its 13 courses.  And this summer, for the first time, Stanford is adding another component to one of its online courses — interaction with other students. The course, iPad and iPhone Application Development, is the most popular of Stanford’s 13 iTunes U offerings, with more than 400,000 subscribers to the fall 2011 set of videos. The course, taught by Stanford Professor Paul Hegarty, already uses Piazza for its on-campus students, Izutsu said. The course is one of Stanford’s many experimental MOOCs (massively open online courses), he said. Stanford also offers courses through Coursera, a company which provides MOOCs internationally.

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