UI advisory group offers recommendations on MOOCs

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An advisory group to the chancellor has recommended the University of Illinois continue offering massive, open online courses, or MOOCs, with the California company Coursera, but the campus should also explore other options it could offer either on its own or with other partners.

The group of over 20 faculty and administrators has been meeting since spring to consider the UI's strategy for MOOCs, the fast-moving phenomenon viewed by many as a disrupter in the world of higher education.

The Urbana campus announced in July 2012 that it would offer some MOOCs through an agreement with Coursera. Since then, academics have been weighing the university's relationship with the for-profit company, policy implications (such as on student privacy and intellectual copyright) and ideas for the future.

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