Online Learning Update

November 28, 2012

Indiana University eyes global audience in online learning venture

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

by Associated Press

Students from around the world could participate in classes at Indiana University through the Web under the university’s aggressive new online education model. The $8 mil­lion move to massive open online courses, or MOOCs, will offer educational badges to students who complete the courses and master certain skills but don’t enroll in degree programs. IU President Michael McRobbie said the new program, which replaces its School of Continuing Studies, will allow the university “to ‘project’ itself beyond the walls of the campuses, and equally importantly, the walls of the classroom of the 21st century.” “It recognizes that the distinction between ‘traditional’ and ‘nontraditional’ students is increasingly blurred and that it no longer makes sense to use different strategies to reach them,” McRobbie said during his latest State of the University speech.

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