Online Learning Update

March 31, 2016

Open course moves OU professor to top of world online class

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

By Candace Stuart, Crain’s Business

With an investment of $5,000 in video supplies and free labor from family, Oakland University engineering professor Barbara Oakley became the most popular online instructor in the world, at least according to one measurement. Oakley is among educators who have used massive open online courses — Web-based, open-enrollment classes — to teach students across the globe. To date, more than 550 universities worldwide host MOOCs on topics as varied as computer programming and Buddhism. According to Online Course Report, offerings have grown from a handful of courses in 2011 to north of 4,500 today. Oakley’s “Learning How to Learn” MOOC enrolled 1.2 million students by late 2015 after its August 2014 release, earning it the top spot in Online Course Report’s “50 Most Popular MOOCs of All Time” list.

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