San Jose State Will Scale Back Online Collaboration

Career College Central summary:

  • San Jose State University is assuming control of, and scaling back on, an online initiative with education provider Udacity, officials said Tuesday, putting in question a collaboration that once symbolized the brave new face of online learning.
  • Instead of five for-credit courses open for a fee to anyone, this spring the university will offer three online classes — elementary statistics, introduction to programming and general psychology — that will be open only to students enrolled at San Jose State or the other 22 Cal State campuses.
  • The classes will be offered through the campus online portal rather than Udacity’s online platform, and fees will be covered by regular tuition. In addition, the campus will hire and train its own teaching assistants to help students rather than use Udacity’s support services.
  • While not confirming an end to the highly touted but problematic experiment, campus officials acknowledged that Udacity will no longer have direct involvement with its online program. It was also uncertain whether the courses would be offered beyond the spring semester.

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