Inside Higher Ed has an interesting piece today highlighting the growing pains of online education. Apparently, one of the Coursera offerings had to be “temporarily suspended” one week into the course when the massive open online course’s infrastructure was overwhelmed by the 40,000 students enrolled.
The course? “Fundamentals of Online Education: Planning and Application.”
The host institution? The Georgia Institute of Technology. (I’m not identifying Georgia Tech to make fun; it just shows that even highly esteemed universities are struggling with how to do online ed correctly, and that even those who feel qualified as experts are probably only a step or two ahead of the rest of the pack in this nascent field. There, but for the grace of God, go we …)
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