The Chronicle of Higher Education
July 10th, 2014
Using free online materials such as massive open online courses in
traditional classes can help colleges teach more efficiently without
harming students, according to a long-awaited report from Ithaka S+R, an education-technology nonprofit group, and the University System of Maryland.
However, the report notes practical barriers that might make it
difficult for professors to incorporate MOOCs or similar materials into
their classes without incurring other costs. Those costs might limit any
gains in efficiency, according to university officials.
In their study, researchers closely tracked 17 courses at
universities across the Maryland system that incorporated “interactive
online learning platforms” into existing courses, including 14 that used
MOOCs from Coursera. (Some courses used online software from the Open
Learning Initiative and Pearson.)