Online Learning Update

June 19, 2013

Online Courses Have Reached A Turning Point That Should Seriously Scare Colleges

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

by MAX NISEN, Australian Business Insider

Colleges around the country should be worried. The quality of online courses is catching up fast. Kevin Carey, the director of the Education Policy Program at the New America Foundation put it to the test, spending four months taking two MOOCs, from start to finish. One, a Coursera Introduction to Philosophy was everything critics dislike, he says. Too brief, and with none of the problem sets, essays, or tests that make sure you absorb and apply the information. The second, an MIT introductory biology course hosted by edX, was an entirely different animal. After taking the course, Carey admits that while not every course can transition online for less money and at a higher level of quality than what most students experience, the amount that can is “a lot more than people realise or want to admit.” That’s going to lead to a lot of disruption, and many lost jobs. But there’s a lot of upside, as well.

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