Not Rushing Into MOOCs
News of universities partnering with massive open online course providers has become commonplace, which is why Yale University stands out for what it’s not doing: rushing.
While many top universities — including Harvard and Stanford Universities, along with many others — were announcing partnerships and launching their first MOOCs, Yale sat back, watched, and evaluated.
In December, some eight months after Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor joined Coursera and three months after Brown, Columbia, Emory, and Vanderbilt Universities did the same, Yale’s Committee on Online Education, a faculty committee, submitted its online report and recommendations to the dean of Yale College. Though the report suggests that Yale investigate different MOOC platforms, there is no timeline for when the university, seemingly already late to the MOOC party, might select a company or start providing MOOCs. Cornell University similarly just completed a committee review of its MOOC strategy; the university will likely announce a MOOC partnership in the next few weeks, according to the dean of faculty, Joseph Burns.
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