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Open Access Textbooks and MOOCs
In the last year, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have captivated the public's attention and enrolled millions of students. What texts are professors using for such courses? Must they be open access, or even digital? What presses have benefited from getting on a reading list, whether mandatory or suggested? Panelists will discuss how university presses can work with MOOC providers and professors, and assess the present and future paths of online learning.
Chair: Michelle Pullano, Textbook Marketing Manager, MIT Press
Panelists: Alan Harvey, Director, Stanford University Press; Douglas Fisher, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Computer Engineering, Vanderbilt University; Sanjay Sarma, Director of Digital Learning, MIT

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  1. 1. “First, MOOCs are not the problem, but I do believe that what highereducation does with them could be. Second, not only are MOOCs alightning rod about everything from the price of college education torelations between faculty and administration, they are also a movingtarget. They may already or will come to mean different things fordifferent institutions and constituencies: faculty, staff andstudents. Hence so many reactions, so many ideas, so manymisunderstandings.”— Tracy Mitrano, Director of IT Policy and the Institute for Computer Policy andLaw at Cornell University, in the Inside Higher Ed blog Law, Policy – and IT
  2. 2. **Free and conducted at scale*Rigorous*Grading automated or by peer*Available in multiple languages*Funded by host universities and venturecapital*Next-generation textbooks
  3. 3. **World-class instruction, free to all*Opportunity for purveyors ofknowledge*Instant feedback improves pedagogy*A rising tide lifts all boats
  4. 4. **10% completion rate*Potential loss of faculty jobs andacademic freedom*Dwindling institutions and fieldsavailable
  5. 5. **Founded early 2012 by Stanfordprofessors Daphne Koller and AndrewNg*For-profit*Currently 83 university partnersworldwide*Largest MOOC provider with 375courses and 3.8 million learners*ACE approved 5 courses for collegecredit
  6. 6. **Founded May 2012 and governed jointlyby MIT and Harvard*Non-profit*Currently 27 institutions worldwide in thexConsortium*More than half a million learners*edX platform available as open sourcecode
  7. 7. **Founded February 2012 bySebastian Thrun, David Stavens, andMike Sokolsky*For-profit*Works with individual professors, notinstitutions*Nearly half a million learners
  8. 8. **Announced in May*10 state university systems andflagship universities*MOOC content used by facultyvoluntarily*Departure from Coursera’s pledge topartner with elite institutions
  9. 9. **SUNY*Tennessee Board of Regents*University of Tennessee System*University of Colorado System*University of Houston System*University of Kentucky*University of Nebraska System*University of New Mexico System*University System of Georgia*West Virginia University
  10. 10. **Announced in May*$7,000 online master’s degree,10,000 new students*Revenue: 40% Udacity, 60% GeorgiaTech, AT&T subsidizes*4 enrollment tracks
  11. 11. **Daphne Koller as author, instructor,Coursera co-founder*3 offerings: Spring & Fall 2012,Spring 2013*20% discount to students*Course based on book, book notrequired
  12. 12. **John Guttag as author and instructor*3 offerings: Fall 2012, January & Spring2013*30% discount to students*Self-published, recommended, required*OA, paperback, e-book*MassBay and Bunker Hill CommunityCollege partnerships
  13. 13. **Authors and instructors are not thesame individuals*1 offering: Spring 2013*paperback
  14. 14. * The Chronicle of Higher Ed Prof. Hacker blog, 11/6/12, Doug Fisher guest post* Computing Community Consortium Multidisciplinary Research for Online EducationWorkshop* MIT Communications Forum MOOCs and the Emerging Digital Classroom, 3/21/13,* Laptop U, The New Yorker, 5/20/13, by Nathan Heller* MOOCs of Hazard, New Republic, 3/31/13, by Andrew Delbanco* The Chronicle of Higher Education* Inside Higher Ed