Online Learning Update

June 18, 2013

Texas A&M faculty considers expanding online learning courses

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:01 am

By ALLEN REED, the Eagle

Texas A&M is close to deciding whether it plans to start offering what’s called massive open online courses — a controversial and growing trend in higher education that relies mainly on lecture videos and coursework evaluated by university faculty. Provost Karan Watson gave an update to the faculty senate at its Monday meeting, telling fellow professors that a committee of their peers and administrators — which started discussions in October — is close to finalizing a recommendation. She then will take their suggestion to President R. Bowen Loftin, most likely this summer. The massive open online courses, commonly known as MOOC’s, typically are provided through third-party private companies at little or no cost to anyone with an Internet connection. They are delivered almost exclusively online.

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