Friday, May 15, 2015

New Arizona State-edX MOOC: Another blow to traditional college - Stuart M. Butler, Brookings

Called the Global Freshman Academy, this is another important step in the revolution that is engulfing higher education. Recently Google and MOOC pioneer Coursera announced “microdegrees”, a set of online courses and a hands-on project that will essentially be the core of a low-cost degree major that will be accepted by top employers. Now ASU and edX is aiming at the package of general course requirements, enabling students to assemble an accredited set of mainly first-year classes to use at ASU or to gain credits that they can transfer to another college or university. The Global Freshman Academy is a boon to students and an existential threat to traditional state and private universities.

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