Over 6.7 million students were taking at least one online course during the fall 2011 term, an increase of 570,000 students over the previous year. Thirty-two percent of higher education students now take at least one course online. Only 2.6 percent of higher education institutions currently have a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), another 9.4 percent report MOOCs are in the planning stages. Academic leaders remain unconvinced that MOOCs represent a sustainable method for offering online courses, but do believe they provide an important means for institutions to learn about online pedagogy. Seventy-seven percent of academic leaders rate the learning outcomes in online education as the same or superior to those in face-to-face classes. The proportion of chief academic officers who believe their faculty accept the value and legitimacy of online education has not increased – it now stands at only 30.2 percent. The proportion of chief academic leaders who say online learning is critical to their long-term strategy is at a new high of 69.1 percent. The perception of a majority of chief academic officers at all types of institutions is lower retention rates for online courses remain a barrier to the growth of online instruction. http://sloanconsortium.org/news_press/january2013_new-study-over-67-million-students-learning-online
A nonprofit effort run jointly by MIT, Harvard, and Berkeley. Leaders of the group say they intend to slowly add other university partners over time. edX plans to freely give away the software platform it is building to offer the free courses, so that anyone can use it to run MOOCs.
The company’s model is to sign contracts with colleges that agree to use the platform to offer free courses and to get a percentage of any revenue. More than a dozen high-profile institutions, including Princeton and the U. of Virginia, have joined.
The company, which works with individual professors rather than institutions, has attracted a range of well-known scholars. Unlike other providers of MOOCs, it has said it will focus all of its courses on computer science and related fields.
One major, and comparatively mature, role for libraries is in helping faculty ensure the materials they use to create their MOOC presentations and to assign as readings are not going to get them or their institutions into trouble. Faculty members are increasingly used to turning to the library for help with copyright, so in early discussions around making MOOCs work, the library should be front and center.
Working with professors to clear copyright content
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WHAT IS IT?
• Can accommodate large numbers of students, sometimes tens of
• Anyone can register, no institutional affiliation necessary, ‘free.
• Delivery, feedback, and assessment (if any) are done virtually.
Sometimes supplemented with physical ‘hang outs’.
• There is a curriculum although in some cases it is very flexible.
Types of MOOCs
•Focus on knowledge
•Emphasis on social
learning and feedback
•Focus on knowledge
•Emphasis on video
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