The private eLearning company “Udacity” is partnering with a California university to offer courses for credit.

Highlights from this news article are provided here:

  • The courses are intended to involve the classroom instructor
  • [The] deal with Udacity is also the first time that professors at a university have collaborated with a provider of a MOOC — massive open online cours
  • [The project involves] for-credit courses with students watching videos and taking interactive quizzes, and receiving support from online mentors.
  • The California State University System faces a crisis because more than 50 percent of entering students cannot meet basic requirements.
  • The Udacity pilot program will include a remedial algebra course, a college-level algebra course and introductory statistics
  • The cost of each three-unit course will be $150, significantly less than regular San Jose State tuition.
  • San Jose State will receive funds from the National Science Foundation to study the effectiveness of the new online classroom design
  • Open online courses exploded in American higher education in 2011 after Mr. Thrun, a nationally known artificial-intelligence researcher at Stanford, and Peter Norvig, Google’s director of research, offered to teach an introductory artificial-intelligence course online.
  • Two other Stanford computer scientists, Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller, also established a competing private company, Coursera, to develop technologies necessary to change the reach and effectiveness of online education.
  • A growing number of schools have begun experimenting with ways to offer the courses for credit toward a degree.
  • While 40 percent of the students in the traditional version of the class got a grade of C or lower, only 9 percent in the blended edX class got such a low grade.
  • “…of the 23 students who used Udacity, one withdrew from the school, and the other 22 all finished successfully. And two young women got through the whole physics course in just two weeks.”

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