ASU’s Global Freshman Academy Is a Complete Bust. Is Anyone Actually Surprised?


Education Dive [] is a very good source of news about innovations and initiatives in digital education, but it does have a very pronounced bias in favor of the pedagogical potential of digital technologies.

Sometimes that bias leads to analyses that border on the absolutely ludicrous.

Each item from Education Dive includes a bulletted summary called the “Dive Brief” followed by a succinct “Dive Analysis.”

Here are the summary and the analysis on the first-semester results of Arizona State University’s much-ballyhooed use of MOOCs in its Global Freshman Academy:


Dive Brief:

–Arizona State University’s massive open online course experiment in partnership with edX was supposed to give thousands of students free access to freshman-year courses they could take online and pay for only if they passed.

–Inside Higher Ed reports, however, that just 323 of 34,086 people who registered for the Global Freshman Academy MOOCs — less than 1% — actually…

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