Monday, November 26, 2012

Online education trend expands

Another day, another development in the rapidly evolving world of massive open online courses, also known as MOOCs.

Over the past several months, dozens of universities have joined the bandwagon, working with MOOC providers to offer free online courses to anyone with an Internet connection.

Last week, the American Council on Education, an association for higher education presidents, raised the possibility that such courses could count toward a degree when it said it would review several to determine whether they ought to be eligible for transfer credit.

Colleges and universities have offered online courses for years, but the embrace by elite higher education was "really a game changer," says Ray Schroeder, director of the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service at the University of Illinois-Springfield. "Now we've really moved to disruption in higher education."

Schroeder was featured by Sci-Tech Today on November 26, 2012.

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