published Monday, December 30th, 2013

Kennesaw State tests online course model

KENNESAW, Ga. — Kennesaw State University has launched its first so-called massive online open course.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the courses — also known as MOOCs — have seen mixed results so far in higher education.

KSU's course is offered as part of a University System of Georgia multi-institution partnership with the Coursera company. Within two weeks of enrollment opening for the course — on blended and online learning in k-12 education — more than 1,500 participants had registered. The class starts Jan. 6.

The mostly free, open online courses initially are able to provide thousands of people worldwide with free access to classes taught by renowned professors. However, national studies have found the open courses have drawn thousands of participants, but the rate of students completing them is relatively low.

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