Cal State Teams Up With Udacity in a Big Experiment With Web Courses

Udacity, a Silicon Valley start-up that creates online college classes, will announce on Tuesday a deal with San Jose State University for a series of remedial and introductory courses, The New York Times reported. Courses in the pilot program—which will include remedial algebra, college-level algebra, and introductory statistics—will be limited 300 students. The cost of each three-unit course will be $150, significantly less than regular San Jose State tuition.

The state university’s deal with Udacity is the first time that professors at a university have collaborated with a provider of a MOOC—massively open online course—to create courses with students first watching videos on their own, with support from online mentors, and then coming to class to work on assignments with a professor. Eventually, such blended courses could be offered to hundreds of thousands of students in the state.

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