Wednesday, April 15, 2015

"could have been used for other purposes...could have done tons of stuff"

In UC’s case, the system president’s office loaned the Online Instruction Pilot Project the $7 million startup cost, with the loan expected to be repaid by 2019. Two years later, the university swallowed the loss, and repaid the loan from money from its budget that could have been used for other purposes.

With that money, “you could have done tons of stuff,” says Diane Harley, director of the Higher Education in the Digital Age program at UC-Berkeley’s Center for Studies in Higher Education and chair of the Academic Senate committee that had oversight of the pilot project. “With all the budget cuts at the university, [it could have] provided graduate school support or given it to individual campuses to bolster their student learning centers.”

in this article by US News and World Report: End of California's Digital Campus Is a Blow for MOOCs
Once-celebrated online courses haven't lived up to the hype.

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