Online learning: recent notable quotes (2013)

Online learning: recent notable quotes (2013)

Here are some notable quotes about the world of online learning from the past several months.

Business model for MOOCs?

“The truth is for all these massive online courses that are being offered for free, there’s clearly a question of what our business model is, and I don’t think there is a good answer quite yet.”
Sebastian Thrun, CEO, Udacity
SOURCE: “Colleges Assess Cost of Free Online-Only Courses” New York Times, March 18, 2013


On edX offering open source platform

“From its beginning, edX has been committed to developing the world’s best learning platform and tapping our global community to help us get there. We look forward to working with the world’s developers, educators and researchers to help evolve the platform and ensure that everyone, everywhere has access to the world-class education that edX provides.”
Rob Rubin, Vice President of Engineering, edX
SOURCE: “edX Takes First Step toward Open Source Vision by Releasing XBlock SDK,” news release, March 14, 2013


On the pace of online learning growth in higher education

“The semi-sad impact is that we’re acting quicker than we’re thinking. It can take years to assess a single course, let alone an entire restructuring of the education system….in education it’s well-known that successful pilots tend to fall apart upon scaling. Educational experiments work great with the best teachers and students, but they struggle when pilots move beyond the highly dedicated walls of an experiment.”
Gregory Ferenstein, reporter, TechCrunch
SOURCE: “Online Education Is Replacing Physical Colleges At A Crazy Fast Pace,” TechCrunch.com, February 11, 2013


On the value of online education

“Online courses can enhance learning opportunities for nontraditional students and those not well served by lecture classes. High-quality, next-generation online courses incorporate personalized adaptive learning, problem-solving activities, interactive laboratories, animations, simulations, educational gaming, virtual reality environments, social networking and data analytics.”
Steven Mintz, founding director, University of Texas System’s Institute for Transformational Learning
SOURCE: “Online U.: A Look at the Rankings,” New York Times, February 20, 2013


On growing online course options

““Colleges that fail to focus on supporting, and frankly exceeding, the academic needs and expectations of students will do so at their peril given the increasing number of plausible alternatives emerging.”
Adam Newman, managing partner, Education Growth Advisors
SOURCE: “Higher Education Trends to Watch for in 2013,” foxbusiness.com, January 28, 2013


On a ‘pajama tax’ for online courses

“The convenience of taking courses online may start coming at a price for Florida Gulf Coast University students. Provost Ron Toll said Tuesday he plans to ask the Board of Trustees in June to approve an additional fee for the online classes. The extra money is needed to expand the university’s online offerings, he said.”
Brittany Shammas, reporter, Naples Daily News
SOURCE: “FGCU provost proposes ‘pajama tax’ for online courses,” Naples Daily News, January 16, 2013


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