Online Learning Update

January 22, 2014

Massive Online Education Gets Less Massive

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

By Ari Levy, Bloomberg

Harvey Mudd College, a highly-rated engineering, math and science school in Claremont, California, to join the party. Mudd secured a grant from an anonymous donor last year to start a massive online program and hired a recent graduate, Elly Schofield, to run it. But this one won’t be so massive. Mudd’s courses — one for middle school computer science and another for high school calculus-based physics — are being developed to help teachers help their students rather than targeting students directly. A middle school computer science teacher, for example, could use video lectures from a Mudd professor along with recommended discussion topics to supplement classes. The courses will be available in the second half of the year. “I discovered as soon as I joined up on the project that this was not going to be a traditional MOOC,” said Schofield, 22, who graduated from Mudd last year with a degree in math. “It’s designed to be a tool for teachers who want to use it within a classroom.”

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