Article: Some Experts See "Huge Potential" In Open Course Initiative
Some Experts See "Huge Potential" In Open Course Initiative.
August 3, 2009
The Chronicle of Higher Education (8/3, Parry) reported, "If the Obama administration pulls off a $500-million-dollar online-education plan, proposed in July as one piece of a sweeping community-college aid package," online courses such as those developed by Carnegie Mellon University's Open Learning Initiative "could become part of a free library available to colleges nationwide," including community colleges. Some education experts say there is "huge potential in serving...students with open courses," helping them to "explore careers," providing "confidence before returning to school," and improving "improve retention once they get there," among other benefits. Notably, it could "guarantee standards 'whether you are in a more impoverished, underserved, or remote area of the country,'" one expert said. The article also discusses potential funding methods, notes examples of online course material developed by Carnegie Mellon and MIT, and provides an in-depth assessment of "what role the government would play in financing and disseminating" open courseware.