Tag Archives: MOOCs


Online Enrollments Grow Again, Though Many Colleges Are Undecided on MOOCs

The number of students taking at least one course online grew by 9.3 percent from the fall of 2010 to the fall of 2011, according to the Babson Survey Research Group’s latest annual survey of more than 2,500 colleges and universities. That increase builds on years of steady growth over the survey’s 10-year history. The proportion of students taking at least one course online also reached an all-time high of 32 percent, according to the survey.

The latest survey also asked respondents about one o…


Coursera Creates an Academic Advisory Board

Nine top academic officials from universities that offer free online courses through Coursera will be part of the upstart company’s first academic advisory board, Coursera announced on Thursday. The panel, which will have a rotating membership, will advise the company on “strategic academic and business decisions,” according to a news release. Coursera’s announcement comes two days after it introduced a new recruiting service that charges employers to connect with top students who are interested…


On This List, a Pioneer of MOOC’s Beats Bill Gates—but Not for the MOOC’s

Foreign Policy on Monday named its “100 Top Global Thinkers 2012” list, and a face familiar to higher-education leaders sits in the top five. Sebastian Thrun, Udacity’s founder and a pioneer of massive open online courses, beat out Bill Gates and ranked just below Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Many observers have credited Mr. Thrun’s upstart company with spearheading a higher-education revolution, but this honor apparently has nothing to do with MOOC’s.

The magazine’s editors instead heap praise on …


Stanford Online: ‘At the Moment, It’s More of a One- or Two-Year Plan.’

John C. Mitchell, Stanford University’s new vice provost for online learning, will oversee its new MOOC program. He has 16 courses slated for the fall, a seed-grant program to encourage course development, a handful of platforms, and no long-term plan. That is, no fixed long-term plan: In an interview with The Atlantic, he tells Jordan Weissmann that flexibility will be key:

It remains to be seen what really works best. But I think we’re entering a period, and we’ve been in a period, of experime…