Unexpected Issues in Online Education Deal
- Citing disappointing student outcomes, San Jose State pauses work with Udacity
- Georgia Tech and Udacity roll out massive new low-cost degree program
- San Jose State U. posts improved online course results, but Udacity partnership remains on pause
- California bill to encourage MOOC credit at public colleges
- Controversial California bill to outsource student learning dead until 2014 or later
A pilot partnership between San Jose State University and Udacity, the Silicon Valley-based ed tech company, revealed some hidden costs of online education, The Oakland Tribune reports.
"I get this call from San Jose State: 'Uh, we have a problem,'" recalled Mark Ryan, superintendent of a charter school in Oakland that was taking part in the project to offer for-credit online classes to students, including high school students. According to the newspaper, "It turned out some of the low-income teens didn't have computers and high-speed Internet connections at home that the online course required. Many needed personal attention to make it through. The final results aren't in yet, but the experiment exposed some challenges to the promise of a low-cost online education. And it showed there is still a divide between technology-driven educators and the low-income, first-generation college hopefuls they are trying to reach."
Udacity just signed a major deal with the Georgia Institute of Technology to offer a low-cost professional master's degree courses to 10,000 students at once.