Saturday, June 27, 2015

Arizona State and edX offer full freshman year of MOOCs - Stefanie Botelho, University Business

Online learning, specifically MOOCs, has inspired many doomsday forecasts regarding the fate of traditional higher education—which, of course, has yet to collapse. But the predicted death of MOOCs—due to erratic completion rates, lack of formal student support and concerns about the financial returns for institutions—hasn’t come true either. In an effort to add quantifiable worth to the MOOC, Arizona State University is partnering with edX to offer an entire freshman curriculum online through the Global Freshman Academy, launching this fall. Adrian Sannier, Arizona State’s chief academic technology officer, says the initiative is an extension of the university’s decade-long mission to increase student access as well as the institution’s impact on the economy.

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