Online learning expands, thrives at Penn

Lauren Hertzler for the Penn Current writes:  This past Monday, Penn Law Professor Kermit Roosevelt welcomed online learners with a friendly email about his course, “Introduction to Key Constitutional Concepts and Supreme Court Cases.” Roosevelt is teaching a MOOC, or Massive Open Online Course, through the education platform Coursera.

Roosevelt’s online course will provide learners with new readings and videos each week, and they will take a short quiz every so often to test what they’ve learned. The course is free and open to anyone who is willing to learn.

It’s been three years since Pennbecame a founding university partner with Coursera. More than 4 million enrollees in Penn-related courses later, Penn’s Online Learning Initiative, formerly known as the Open Learning Initiative, is thriving. The Penn Online Learning Initiative has produced more than 50 unique MOOCs taught by faculty from each of Penn’s 12 schools. Some courses, such as Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor Robert Ghrist’s “Calculus: Single Variable,” have attracted more than 100,000 participants.

New this year are “specialization” courses, which cluster related MOOCs, offer a capstone, and conclude with a certificate for participants who pass. The Wharton School is offering its second specialization, this time on business analytics. It kicks off with a customer analytics course starting next week. It’s a different type of model, comprised of four courses ($95 each) and the capstone ($215).    SNIP, the article continues @ the Penn Current, click here to continue reading….

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