Inside Higher ED has an interesting article about websites offering “tutors” for online classes. These tutoring services offer to take your online class for you. The article specifically looks at services offered by Boostmygrades.com, Noneedtostudy.com, and Onlineclasshelpers.com. Since cheating in college is nothing new, it is no surprise that these services are entering the marketplace. The article looks at what some schools are doing to address these concerns, including the use of products like Acxiom.
Daphne Koller is enticing top universities to put their most intriguing courses online for free — not just as a service, but as a way to research how people learn. With Coursera (cofounded by Andrew Ng), each keystroke, quiz, peer-to-peer discussion and self-graded assignment builds an unprecedented pool of data on how knowledge is processed.
The University of Main at Presque Isle is trying out a new type of online course, one that is the opposite of a MOOC. Provost Michael Sonntag calls them little open online courses or LOOCs. These course would have a more traditional feel to them with lots of feedback.