California's online education pilot may change the face of college

January 15, 2013

Dive Summary:

  • Backed by Gov. Jerry Brown, the California State University system today announced a pilot program for $150 lower-division and remedial online courses from Udacity at its San Jose State University campus.
  • Over half of incoming SJSU students don't meet basic requirements and only 48% ever graduate, and a recent EdX pilot found that blending SJSU's courses with world-class online lectures lowered the number of students receiving a C or lower by 31%.
  • If successful, the pilot may change the face of college, with lower-tier and remedial lectures replaced entirely by less-expensive online courses.

From the article:

Today, the largest university system in the world, the California State University system, announced a pilot for $150 lower-division online courses at one of its campuses — a move that spells the end of higher education as we know it. Lower-division courses are the financial backbone of many part-time faculty and departments (especially the humanities). As someone who has taught large courses at a University of California, I can assure readers that my job could have easily been automated. Most of college–the expansive campuses and large lecture halls–will crumble into ghost towns as budget-strapped schools herd students online. ...

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