Online Learning Update

January 7, 2013

Free, online learning math course gains worldwide appeal

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

by UW Lacrosse Latern

A pilot program, FastTrack, in summer 2012 proved successful when 37 of the 38 student participants tested into higher level math. This January hundreds of people all over the world will confront their deepest, darkest math fears as they light up their computer screens. They will begin UW-La Crosse’s first massive open online course — or MOOC — with content focusing on basic math needed for college readiness, typically found on college placement exams such as the ACT, SAT and parts of the GRE. The course is entirely online, free and open to anyone. So far more than 430 people have enrolled, ages 13 to 83, from eight countries and 30 states. UW-L received a $50,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in fall 2012 to develop the course.

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