ERIC Number: EJ1005108
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May-17
Reference Count: N/A
COOCs over MOOCs
Horton, Howard E.
New England Journal of Higher Education, May 2013
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are all the rage these days and are being offered as a potential way to shorten the degree-attainment process and thereby reduce costs. At New England College of Business and Finance (NECB), staff focus on what the author likes to call "classically offered online classes" or COOCs, instead of MOOCs. Through COOCs, NECB is lowering the cost of education in ways that preserve quality. There is a growing online imperative in higher education without which the ability to lower costs and to provide more access to education cannot be accomplished in today's economic environment. Many traditional colleges are struggling, and in turn, are deeply discounting tuition to attract students. At the same time, these institutions are not changing their model so they continue to bear the same cost structure. In particular, and especially in regard to MOOCs, costs are being reduced at the expense of an inviolate component of a quality educational process: the faculty.
Descriptors: Access to Education, Online Courses, Costs, Large Group Instruction, Class Size, Higher Education, Faculty, Educational Technology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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