The Chronicle of Higher Education
June 16th, 2015
A new company is jumping into MOOCs, but with a focus on teaching free courses in the arts.
The new virtual art school, called Kadenze, has already teamed up
with programs at 18 institutions, including Stanford and Princeton
Universities, to create a digital platform designed for arts courses.
According to a company co-founder, Perry R. Cook, an emeritus professor
at Princeton, the platform will be “multimedia rich” and allow students
to create online portfolios, upload music files and scanned art, watch
videos, and participate in discussion forums.
Kadenze will initially offer about 20 courses on subjects including
music, art history, and technology and art. Students will be able to
enroll in courses and watch videos free, but they will have to pay $7 a
month if they want to submit assignments and receive grades and
feedback. Fees of $300, $600, or $900 will be charged for courses that
are offered for credit.