The Chronicle of Higher Education
June 24th, 2014
Carnegie Mellon University’s receiving a grant to study MOOCs is no
surprise. But the source’s identity is bound to raise eyebrows.
Google announced on Tuesday that it would give Carnegie Mellon
$300,000 in each of the next two years through the Google Focused
Research Award program. Google can fund the research for a third year at
the same price if it chooses.
The university’s research will focus on “data driven” approaches to
research on massive open online courses, including “techniques for
automatically analyzing and providing feedback on student work,”
according to a news release. The goal, it said, is to develop platforms
intelligent enough to mimic the traditional classroom experience.