College courses with a 95 percent dropout rate would trigger alarm bells at most universities, but researchers at Harvard University and MIT says that’s potentially fine, at least in the case of some massive open online courses, or MOOCs.
Legislation introduced in the California Senate today could require the state’s public colleges and universities to award credit for faculty-approved online courses taken by students unable to register for oversubscribed classes on campus. This could be a boon for businesses offering the classes and ultimately change the business model of higher education.
Stanford and MIT have gotten a lot of attention for offering free online courses to thousands of students at a time. But this week, a group of big name universities announced a new and smaller-scale take on online education.