Postsecondary Learning

San Jose State University's Experiment with Udacity On Hold

Jul 18, 2013

SCHOOL SUSPENSION: The celebrated (or controversial, depending on who you ask) partnership between San Jose State University and Udacity to offer students online, accredited math courses for $150 is on "pause." According to InsiderHigherEd, preliminary findings from the spring semester showed that "Udacity students fared significantly worse than their in-class peers." (74% of students in traditional classes passed, versus 51% for Udacity ones.) SJSU Provost Ellen Junn pointed to the rushed, hasty manner in which the courses were built as a possible factor. She's decided to suspend the online programs in the fall to review results with faculty members, with the intent to give Udacity a second go in spring 2014. (In the meantime, the school will continue to work with edX.)

Postsecondary Learning

San Jose State University's Experiment with Udacity On Hold

Jul 18, 2013

SCHOOL SUSPENSION: The celebrated (or controversial, depending on who you ask) partnership between San Jose State University and Udacity to offer students online, accredited math courses for $150 is on "pause." According to InsiderHigherEd, preliminary findings from the spring semester showed that "Udacity students fared significantly worse than their in-class peers." (74% of students in traditional classes passed, versus 51% for Udacity ones.) SJSU Provost Ellen Junn pointed to the rushed, hasty manner in which the courses were built as a possible factor. She's decided to suspend the online programs in the fall to review results with faculty members, with the intent to give Udacity a second go in spring 2014. (In the meantime, the school will continue to work with edX.)

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