Online Learning Update

July 28, 2013

San Jose State suspends online courses

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

By JASON DEAREN, Associated Press

Five online classes that were announced with great fanfare by the governor at San Jose State University were suspended Thursday after more than half of the students failed the final exams. “The plan right now is to pause for one semester, there are a couple of different areas we need to work on,” school spokeswoman Patricia Harris said about the courses offered in conjunction with Udacity Inc. Harris said the school will keep offering online courses developed with edX, another company. The failure rate on final exams for the courses involving Udacity ranged from 56 to 76 percent, said Sebastian Thrun, a researcher at Stanford University and Google Inc. who launched Udacity. Despite the high failure rate, Thrun said valuable data and experience was gained from the effort that will help improve future classes.

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