Online Learning Update

October 27, 2013

University considers online courses

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:07 am

By Josh Weiner, Tufts Daily

The Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences is currently analyzing a report, issued over the summer by the Arts and Sciences Online Learning and Education Working Group, to address topics related to integrating online technologies into academics. Most notable is the possibility of introducing massive open online courses (MOOCs) to the university’s curricula. “Further investment in the use of innovative technologies for teaching and research would enhance student learning in the residential model in many ways,” the report said. “Such technologies can strengthen and diversify student-instructor relationships and help create active and engaged classroom communities.” The report emphasizes that its primary objective is to improve the academic experience at Tufts, and not to save the school money through online resources. “We believe that Tufts should take steps immediately to develop a presence in online education but that we should do so in a way that leverages our particular strengths and is driven not by financial enticements but by our core values,” the report said.

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