Monday 18th March, 2013
8:30am to 9:15am
Several large, elite universities have entered the online learning world in a big way last year. Stanford’s Udacity, MITx, and the Coursera consortium are offering free online versions of traditional undergraduate classes to a virtual classroom of thousands of students around the world. All of this begs many questions, not the least of which is: what will the residential, four-year college experience look like in 10 years?
In this session, I’ll present two case studies based on my experiences as an online student: one in a “traditional” Blackboard-driven graduate program for distance students, and one as a student in a Coursera course. Together we will try to answer several “big” questions, including: how does technology help or impede the learning process? Is a “classroom” of thousands really a classroom? How does the role of a professor change in this environment? The role of a student? When on-campus students are paying $6,000 to take the same 3-credit class that thousands of students are taking for free, what value is being added for the on-campus student, and is that added value worth the cost? Are these developments in massive online courses exciting? Alarming? Both? And how do Web professionals fit in?
Director of Digital Media at University of Rochester, @HighEdWeb 4life, lover of libraries, Phillies fanatic, #SPN fangirl. Tweets I tweet are mine alone. bio from Twitter
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