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2016-04-20

Froma Harrop: Higher ed needs major disruption

Happily, there exists an alternative to four bankrupting years on campus. There’s almost no learning, be it liberal arts or STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), that can’t be had free — or close to it — online. MOOCs (massive open online courses) are perfectly suited to disrupt the campus model.

Online calculus class attracts big numbers

Math professor Jim Fowler uses high energy online videos to teach calculus concepts to students around the world. Credit: Courtesy of Coursera

How many people can take a calculus class? The limit does not exist.

Calculus is a class that people take as a prerequisite for dozens of majors around campus and at colleges across the country. One course, titled Calculus One or Mooculus, functions as an introduction to calculus both for those who are new to the subject and those who just want to review concepts. So far, hundreds of thousands of people have taken part in the course on Coursera, an online-education website that partners with universities around the country, and more than 250,000 have participated through the OSU website, said Jim Fowler, an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics. The YouTube channel also just recently surpassed 1 million views.

When Your Dream School Accepts You (But Only Online)

The University of Florida and other traditional four-year schools are experimenting with online programs. So far, it’s a mixed bag.

Arizona States Global Freshman Academy to Use Adaptive Technology in Math MOOC (EdSurge News)

ASU’S ADAPTIVE ALGEBRA: Arizona State University’s Global Freshman Academy, a partnership with MOOC-provider edX, will begin using ALEKS, McGraw-Hill’s adaptive learning software, for its introductory college algebra course—the first time the product has been used for a MOOC.ALEKS (Assessment and LE

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