Udacity/San Jose State University MOOC Experiment Fails


An “On the Issues” Post from the Campaign for the future of Higher Education [http://futureofhighered.org]


A partnership between San Jose University and Udacity, a for-profit MOOC provider, to offer several MOOCs got off to a rousing start at a 45-minute news conference in January. People there included the governor of California, the president of San Jose State University, and Sebastian Thrun, CEO of Udacity.  (See a report in Inside Higher Education)

The results of the experiment are now in. With more than half the students failing all the courses, the experiment has been put on hold.

Read the reaction of two San Jose faculty members to the failed experiment in a opinion article.

We agree with them that “dealing with tough economic times by handing off education to private vendors” is a bad idea and with the editors of the Los Angeles Times, who concluded,

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