Will 'hybrid programs' be the MOOCs of 2013?

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Dive Summary:

  • Chris Proulx, President & CEO of eCornell, writes for Forbes, naming five ways he believes technology will impact higher ed in 2013.
  • He expects growth in top-tier online education, flipped classroom innovations, new instructional model innovations, delayed decreases in costs and new "hybrid programs."
  • Massive open online courses (MOOCs) made big headlines in 2013, but Proulx predicts that hybrid formats where courses are taught partially online and partially face-to-face will gain traction in the new year. 

From the article:

"... Nevertheless, facts show that MOOC’s still make up a very small portion of courses at most schools and that won’t change in 2013. Plus, there are still a number of fundamental questions surrounding this model—what will be the cost to sustain MOOCs over time, will these courses count for credit and if and how will they be packaged together into a certificate or degree program? That said,the hybrid model (where part of a program is taught online and part is taught in person) is one that we can expect to see more fully embraced in this coming year. Faculty will still have the ability to interact with and assess directly their students while still leveraging some of the efficiencies of putting lecture and other course content online. ..."

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