Online Learning Update

June 11, 2013

Cheers and fears for UBC’s massive online open courses

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:09 am


It’s been nine months since the University of British Columbia joined a select group of postsecondary institutions to offer “massive online open courses,” also known as MOOCs. While several parties are pleased with how the free web classes taught by UBC professors have helped to improve access to education, others have expressed anxieties about the long term financial implications to the higher ed system. “MOOCs have changed the frontiers of education,” said Daphne Koller, the founder of Coursera, a company which partners with universities to offer MOOCs and a professor of computer science at Stanford University. Koller attended a panel last Friday which discussed how UBC’s pilot MOOCs have fared. “Now, you can take the same learning outcome that you can get from a large lecture class and provide that same quality experience to hundreds of thousands around the world.”

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