University Consortium to Offer Online Courses for Credit

University Consortium to Offer Online Courses for Credit

November 28, 2012

Next fall, 10 universities, including Duke, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Northwestern, will form a consortium called Semester Online and will offer about 30 online courses to both their students and to students elsewhere, reports the New York Times.

The cost of the courses will be included in current students' tuition, but outside students “ who would have to apply and be accepted “ would pay more than $4,000 per course.

Unlike the increasingly popular massive open online courses (MOOCs), free online classes by universities like Harvard, M.I.T. and Stanford, Semester Online will be small and will offer credit, reported the Times.

Semester Online will be operated through the educational platform 2U, formerly 2tor, and will simulate traditional classroom experiences. Other participating schools included: Brandeis, Emory, Notre Dame, the University of Rochester, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.

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