Educational Technology

August 26, 2017

Free CBU courses popular

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:30 am

by Nikki Sullivan, Cape Breton Post

“Our initial idea was we’d be really happy if we got 25-30 people … and we had 1,000. It went absolutely crazy,” said Laura Baker, manager of distance online and distance learning at CBU. Last fall, the university decided to add open online learning courses which allows people to register for certain courses three different ways — credit, certificate and curiosity. Credit is for students who are registered at CBU and will count as credits toward their degrees. Certificate costs $75 and students receive a certificate saying they participated in the course. It is free to take courses as a curiosity student. Baker said an hour after posting the courses on Facebook she had about 300 email inquiries. “It’s like a taste of university and honestly, that’s kind of why it was started,” Baker explained. The classes are broadcast on Facebook live and archived for those registered to watch later.

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