By Dian Schaffhauser
A school-vendor partnership will be testing out a new twist on the MOOC: offering a three-credit course in social sciences for $50, considerably less than the course costs through the university.
Starting in July, Tiffin University, a 7,000-student institution in Tiffin, OH, and Altius Education, which describes itself as “part university, part technology company,” will be teaming up to deliver “Foundations of Success.” The course is being offered through Ivy Bridge College, Tiffin’s associate program that allows students to attend in person or online and transfer their earned credits to four-year schools with transfer agreements. The standard tuition per credit at Tiffin, $690, is considerably more than the MOOC fee.
The course, intended to help students learn techniques for being successful, will be delivered through Altius’ new online learning platform, Helix. Unlike typical massive open online courses where the instruction is provided via video, much of the interaction occurs not directly with the instructor but among students and teaching assistants, and assignment grading is often automated, this one will actually be delivered in live sessions with faculty member Steven Borawski, who will grade student work and provide feedback on discussions and assignments. Students who pass the course will receive a letter grade and can request transcripts from Tiffin.
[ Full article available at Campus Technology: http://campustechnology.com/articles/2013/06/18/low-cost-mooc-to-grant-3-credits-at-tiffin-u.aspx ]