Online Learning Update

October 19, 2012

KY trustees talk online learning at annual retreat

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

By Becca Clemons, the KY Kernal

UK Chief Information Officer Vince Kellen led a discussion about MOOCs — massive online open courses — which are growing quickly but haven’t yet figured out how to make money. Student Government President Stephen Bilas said he sees online courses as a teaching aid rather than a replacement to getting a degree on campus. “While we have to adapt to survive, take into consideration how we are adapting and if it’s in the best interest of students,” Bilas said. “Can we trust students to be accountable to use these as primary sources of education?” he asked. “Do they need that personal interaction with peers and teachers?” Trustee Bill Britton tasked the president with making a plan. “What’s going to be here five years from now?” Britton asked Capilouto. “Do we have a plan for the next three years, five years for what we are going to do with online education? It’s here. We can either embrace it or get run over by it. But we’re not going to get more dollars.”

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