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San Jose State U. Puts MOOC Project With Udacity on Hold - 0 views

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    Updated (7/19/2013, 12:13 a.m.) with additional material on the trial courses and analysis of the news.] After two semesters of experimentation, San Jose State University has decided to take a "breather" in a project aimed at determining whether Udacity, a Silicon Valley-based company that specializes in massive open online courses, can help the university deliver credit-bearing online courses. **ALSO read the comments section.**
dozoran

The Crisis in Higher Education - 0 views

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    "We are reinventing education," declares Agarwal. "This will change the world."
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    Dinçer, thanks for sharing. I support the idea that traditional schools should be supported by technology. However, in my opinion, technology should not be used as a total substitute of traditional campus-based education. By stating that, I do not support idea that technology can not offer the effectiveness of content transfer to students. Rather, it offers a wide range of opportunities to enhance learning. However, in my opinion, we should not separate people from each other anywhere in the world. The long term effects of technology and mass city life is not clear yet. At least, we know about depressions and diseases because of long term stress crises. Thus, today's schools should also reteach people to be together. To put it differently, we should use technology for "better learning together".
dozoran

Over 6.7 Million Students are Now Taking Classes Online - 0 views

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    "if students can receive similar or better outcomes by taking courses online for free, why step foot into a classroom at all?"
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    Since the beginning of the trend, one of the most controversial issues is the question of whether free online courses by the Ivy league universities will cause the decline of "other" universities and how will this affect students' choice and higher education in the next years.
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    This for sure giving us some indications about where higher education is going and how should universities respond to this change. Perhaps, new accreditation systems, different degree forms. As a country with a very big number of young population, we better act on it fast, instead of being the observers of these trends around us.
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