Thursday, November 10, 2016

Online learning is the future - Chasen Shao, Daily Pennsylvanian

More than five-and-a-half million students representing nearly 200 countries are enrolled in Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, offered by the Penn Online Learning Initiative. But according to Penn Online Learning Initiative Associate Director Lauren Owens, these numbers belie the degree to which students from around the world are really impacted by the courses. “The biggest advantage is access,” Owens said. “[MOOCs] are getting [Penn’s] brand out there to people who have never considered [Penn] before.” Students who live in disadvantaged regions of the world now have access to courses offered by Penn professors. Although the courses aren’t always immediately available to Penn students, certain professors have already used the content developed for MOOCs in their classes.

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