Online Learning Update

October 19, 2012

UVa’s massive open online learning courses see high enrollment

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

By: TED STRONG, Daily Progress

Tens of thousands of students have registered for new free online courses offered by the University of Virginia, though the figures could fall quickly when the teaching starts. The university is offering six classes, with enrollments that as of last week ranged from less than 10,000 to more than 35,000. The classes, which aren’t for university credit, are called MOOCs — massive open online courses. UVa is offering them by working with a company called Coursera, recently launched by Stanford University professors. The California company lists more than 1.6 million students on its website, James L. Hiton, UVa’s vice president and chief information officer, said MOOCs could redefine “normal” for college courses. He compared giving a lecture to many students to being a fast telegraph operator. In his analogy, online education is a telephone ringing in the corner of the telegraph office.

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