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Scaling Back in San Jose

18 Dec

By Carl Straumsheim

San Jose State University has all but ended its experiment to offer low-cost, high-quality online education in partnership with the massive open online course provider Udacity after a year of disappointing results and growing dismay among faculty members.

The university will next spring offer three of the five courses that it created in participation with Udacity — elementary statistics, introduction to programming and general psychology — but the courses will be absorbed into the regular framework of the institution.  Asked if the MOOC provider will play a part in next semester’s course offerings, Patricia Lopes Harris, a university spokeswoman, said “Good question for Udacity.”

“Udacity has made the content open and free to faculty members, and will receive no payments or revenue from this arrangement,” according to a university blog post.

The spring semester courses will be available to all students in the California State University System. San Jose State has reserved half of the seats in the statistics and programming courses for its own students. The courses will still be hosted on Udacity, but students will use Canvas, a learning management system created by Instructure, to communicate with instructors and take exams, said Clarissa Shen, Udacity’s vice president of strategic business and marketing. The MOOC provider will also collect data about how students engage with the courses. “So, no, not walking away,” Shen said in an email.

The courses will cost as much as any other course at San Jose State. Free versions of the five courses will also be available on Udacity’s website, where students can complete them for certificates.

[ Full article available at Inside Higher Ed: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/12/18/san-jose-state-u-resurrects-scaled-back-online-course-experiment-mooc-provider ]

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