Online Learning Update

April 28, 2013

Administrators, experts uncertain about future of free online learning courses

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

by Asha Omelian, GW Hatchet

Administrators and online education experts gathered Friday to hash out the future of free online education, agreeing that it was nearly impossible to gauge where massive open online courses would take universities. At the talk in Jack Morton Auditorium, some of GW’s top officials cautiously embraced the power of MOOCs, which have swept across higher education as some of the best U.S. universities like Stanford and Harvard have advocated for them. Provost Steven Lerman echoed his previous statements that the University would create a handful of MOOCs that showcase GW’s best qualities. He said he considers this a transformative moment in which new technology is being added to rather than displacing existing practices. “Like all technology, MOOCs will find their place over time and evolve, and we will adapt to it,” he said.

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