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Recently, there has been an increasing trend in online college level-courses. Massive open online courses or MOOCs allow the use of online lectures and discussion forums and are instructed by elite professors. At first, teachers were skeptical on how the technology would work. When Professor Duneier from Stanford published his first lecture online, students wrote hundreds, then thousands, of comments and questions in online discussion forums — far too many for Professor Duneier to keep up with. But crowd-sourcing technology helped every student reading the forum vote questions or comments up or down, allowing him to spot important topics and tailor his lectures to respond. Online education companies such as Coursera offer free courses online and is launching faster than both Facebook and Twitter. Udemy is a company that helps individual professors put their courses online. Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have each provided $30 million to create edX. Another Stanford spinoff, Udacity, has attracted more than a million students to its menu of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, along with $15 million in financing.  I think being able to take these free MOOCs are very beneficial. It allows more independent thinking and responsibility. It will also increase the number of people graduating within 4-years. Teachers from some of the top Colleges and Universities in the US are teaching these courses and the number of institutions accepting MOOCs is increasing rapidly. I really think Miami should consider creating or accepting courses like this for the required Miami Plan. It will allow students to take courses over the summer and stay on track to graduate within four years. Overall, all of this new technology could well add up to the future of higher education.

 

Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/20/education/colleges-turn-to-crowd-sourcing-courses.html?pagewanted=1&ref=education

Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/07/education/massive-open-online-courses-prove-popular-if-not-lucrative-yet.html

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