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Yale University Mulling A For-Credit Strategy With Online Open Courses

By on December 19, 2012
Blended Learning, Domestic, MOOCs, Open Source Education, Personalized Learning, Required, Universities & Colleges

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Jane Darby Menton and Julia Zorthina at Yale’s student newspaper, The Yale Daily News, write about a report from the ad hoc Yale College Committee on Online Education that recommends Yale offer online for-credit courses to undergraduates and the public. We’ll see what Yale decides on the idea. It’s clear that Prof Paul Bloom is a real advocate for blended learning and digital learning experiments at Yale.

The reporters write:

The final report issued to Yale College Dean Mary Miller details the committee’s findings and recommendations for the University’s development of an online education program. The committee, led by psychology professor Paul Bloom and music professor Craig Wright, convened in September to assess and consider ways to expand Yale’s online educational presence so that non-Yale students can benefit from Yale resources and teaching. The recommendations from this report will be discussed at Thursday’s Yale College faculty meeting.

“Yale has this mission — the creation, preservation and dissemination of knowledge. This is dissemination,” Bloom said. “We’re extremely excited for the use of digital initiatives to disseminate knowledge and we plan to move forward building upon the strengths we’ve already established.”

The report also separately encourages faculty members to experiment with making their course materials public on a larger scale such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), which provide free online lecture courses to anyone who signs up — a platform embraced by a number of Yale’s peer institutions. Miller said the University is proceeding carefully in the realm of online education, and therefore not committing to a certain program.

Via The Yale Daily News




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