Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Universities See Promise in ‘Disruptive’ Online Courses - Real Time Economics - WSJ

Universities See Promise in ‘Disruptive’ Online Courses.

Maryland and other university systems have partnered with companies such as #Coursera, which makes college classes available online, for free. That has allowed students around the world to tap into top schools in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere.

But some have worried that it may also be a threat–both to faculty, who could see positions eliminated, and second- or third-tier colleges that could lose enrollment as a result.

“If at the end of the day this means there aren’t as many universities or some people don’t have jobs, you know, this is not a welfare business,” William Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland, said at The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council annual meeting. “We have the interests of the nation at stake.”

Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania

Daphne Koller, co-founder and co-CEO of Coursera

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