Online Learning Update

February 13, 2013

Professor studies effectiveness of massive open online courses

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:01 am

by Asha Omelian, GW Hatchet

Assistant professor Raluca Teodorescu will use a $10,000 grant to examine the effectiveness of online learning as the University prepares to roll out a set of massive open online courses. The funds given Teodorescu mark GW’s first investment to examine the effectiveness of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, which have splashed across higher education this year, offering ways for universities to brand themselves and show off innovative learning tools. The University started working last month toward launching a set of pilot MOOCs later this year, but some deans and program directors have doubted their academic credibility. With universities like Stanford, Northwestern and University of Illinois spending an estimated $50,000 for each free course, Teodorescu’s work will try to show if that hefty cost is worth the investment.

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