MOOCs are “Here to Stay”

Tanya Roscorla has an interesting Post on Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) over at Converage Magazine.  She quotes Jonathan Becker, an assistant professor of educational leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University, as stating that the announcement by 12 more schools to offer this types of courses “is a pretty loud call to action for other universities.”  He believes that this announcement “legitimizes these types of courses.

The 12 schools (California Institute of Technology, Duke University, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Georgia Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins University, Rice University, UC San Francisco, University of Edinburgh, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Toronto, University of Virginia and University of Washington) all signed an agreement with Coursera, which is a company started last year by two computer science faculty at Stanford University.

The full post is available here.

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.

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