Online Learning Update

May 28, 2013

Yale, You’ve got to MOOC

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:08 am

By Carole Bass, Yale Alumni

Early to the online-education party with the free video lectures known as Open Yale Courses, Yale has sat out the more recent phenomenon called MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses. Until now. Starting in January, four of the university’s most popular lecture courses will be offered on the web via Coursera, Yale announced last week. Like Open Yale Courses, the MOOCs will be free and not for credit. Yale also appointed music professor Craig Wright to the new, part-time position of academic director of online education, where he’s charged with “creating a ‘community of practice’ for faculty interested in experimenting with online teaching methods,” Provost Ben Polak says in a press release. Wright will also chair a new standing committee, comprising faculty from the professional schools as well as Arts and Sciences, that will advise Polak on online education.

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