By Dian Schaffhauser
A totally MOOC-based master’s degree in computer science announced last spring has opened for business with about 375 students. The new program, being delivered by Georgia Institute of Technology’s College of Computing, claims to be the “first and only” one from an accredited university that operates entirely through a massive open online course format.
The degree program received 2,360 applications during a three-week period in October, about 75 percent more applications than are typically received for the on-campus program during an entire year. Of those, 401 students were offered admission, and 94 percent enrolled for the Spring 2014 semester. According to Georgia Tech, a couple of differences distinguish MOOC enrollment from on-campus enrollment. Whereas 88 percent of the MOOC students are United States citizens or permanent residents, about 90 percent are international in the on-campus program. Also, the average age of the MOOC students is 34.8, about 11 years older than their on-campus counterparts.
Although the individual courses will eventually be open to anybody in the world, only those formally admitted into Georgia Tech will receive credit. The institution said that it anticipates making the course content available publicly and for free on the Udacity site later in the year.
Most students will pay less than $7,000 for a graduate degree. The traditional program can cost nearly $45,000 for an on-campus student.
[ Full article available at Campus Technology: http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/01/21/georgia-tech-mooc-based-degree-program-turns-away-nearly-2000-applicants.aspx ]