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Texas A&M faculty considers expanding online courses

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Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 12:00 am

Texas A&M is close to deciding whether it plans to start offering what's called massive open online courses -- a controversial and growing trend in higher education that relies mainly on lecture videos and coursework evaluated by university faculty.

Provost Karan Watson gave an update to the faculty senate at its Monday meeting, telling fellow professors that a committee of their peers and administrators -- which started discussions in October -- is close to finalizing a recommendation. She then will take their suggestion to President R. Bowen Loftin, most likely this summer.

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  • elf posted at 11:26 am on Thu, Jun 13, 2013.

    elf Posts: 1568

    I realize it is not popular to state this, but a major problem with MOAC is cheating. Our sophisticated electronics makes it difficult to prevent cheating in normal courses, but impossible in on line courses. That means that our degrees mean nothing if they involve a large number of on line courses.

    Even sophisticated fingerprint detecting and other identifying software doesn't preclude another person actually answering the questions on tests. Texting and phone communications are already used extensively for cheating, but would be totally out of control without Procter supervision by people who know the students.

    Incidentally, Aggies cheat too, despite the Aggie Code.

  • because posted at 10:22 am on Wed, Jun 12, 2013.

    because Posts: 308

    We all know, it will not be enough to come with something decent, but enough, so it will hurt there, where the money is taken from.

  • saywhat posted at 3:34 pm on Tue, Jun 11, 2013.

    saywhat Posts: 1

    "In my personal opinion MOOC's are like new books," Watson told the group. "Somebody could go to the library and educate themselves phenomenally well -- it's just not as entertaining, but they could. Somebody can sign up for a MOOC and if they're dedicated and they're disciplined they can get a whole lot out of a really great experience, and I'm for that..."
    And that is the problem. There is no research that shows that even a majority of people taking MOOCs are that "dedicated." We're lying if we tell ourselves that people can get the same quality or quantity of education this way.

  • nn posted at 10:38 am on Tue, Jun 11, 2013.

    nn Posts: 194

    for the moment non of the existing moocs lead to a degree, you might get a certificate of some sort.

  • Towns77807 posted at 9:25 am on Tue, Jun 11, 2013.

    Towns77807 Posts: 2

    I think this will be a great decision by TAMU because people like myself that work full time who want to complete their degree, work and raise their children can still go to school.

  • Aggieprof posted at 8:54 am on Tue, Jun 11, 2013.

    Aggieprof Posts: 137

    Well let's see how much money they are putting in it. It could become an embarrassment......


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