- In response to a December report urging Yale University to make online education a priority, Provost Benjamin Polak announced Wednesday the Ivy League school's partnership with Coursera, the appointment of music professor Craig Wright as the school's first academic director of online education and the formation of a new standing committee on online education.
- Yale's first four Coursera courses will be available in 2014, and will cover subject areas including political science, art history and classics, psychology and economics.
- In his new position, Wright will work with the Yale Teaching Center to develop Yale's academic policies for online education, and the new standing committee will advise Polak on developing online initiatives.
From the article:
... “To build on the progress we already have made in this area, we need to take care that our online initiatives complement and enrich Yale’s traditional pedagogy,” Polak said in the email. “We are placing [importance] on web-based teaching not just as a means of global access to Yale courses, but also as a mechanism for exploring new ways to teach the classes that we offer here on campus.” ...