Thursday, May 30, 2013


Ten state universities join with online education provider
L.A. Now – Larry Gordon – 5/29/2013

Thursday’s announcement of the new partnerships means that the state schools, from New York to New Mexico, will experiment with using Coursera’s massive online open course (MOOC) video and testing platform to improve and widen online learning on their own campuses, officials said.

It is expected to bolster the so-called blended classroom in which online videotaped lectures from various online courses are an enrichment tool, like a textbook, in a class that also has face-to-face teaching and evaluation.

But the emphasis of the new partnerships is for the universities to bring their own in-state students back to degree programs, hasten graduation rates and start high school students on college education early, according to Daphne Koller, one of the two Stanford University professors who founded the Mountain View-based Coursera last year.

Busting the college monopoly:  Latest Phase
Tea Party Economist – Gary North – 5/30/2013

The institutions are:
  • State University of New York
  • University of Tennessee
  • Tennessee Board of Regents (which oversees other public campuses in that state),
  • University of Colorado system
  • University of Houston system
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of New Mexico
  • University System of Georgia
  • West University System

Several University of California campuses already offer non-credit classes through the for-profit Coursera and through rival edX, a nonprofit based in Massachusetts. Some Cal State schools have for-credit courses through edX and Udacity, another for-profit online provider in Silicon Valley.

A student can get access to courses at the world’s best universities. Then he can take CLEP exams for under $2,000 to quiz out of the first two years. Then he spends $10,000 on the last two years. At 18, he is a college graduate. If he wants great teachers, this costs him nothing.

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