41,000+ Take First MOOC Offered in Western New York; Noncredit Offerings Proliferate; ESC MOOC in the Mix
By Jay Tokasz, Buffalo News
April 16, 2015
The most popular college course in the region this semester cost nothing to take, had no set meeting times and did not require students to step inside a classroom.
Nearly 41,000 people – more than the undergraduate and graduate enrollment at the University at Buffalo, the area’s largest school – signed up for the course, called “Ignite Your Everyday Creativity.” Developed at SUNY Buffalo State, it was the first massive open online course, or MOOC, to come from Western New York. The course ended Sunday.
Most of the students live nowhere near the Buffalo State campus. They’re in just about every state and 185 countries.
A few years ago, MOOCs received as much hype as the iPhone debut. Some proponents predicted MOOCs – which are free but don’t count for college credit – would revolutionize higher education, chopping away at spiraling costs and making many campuses obsolete.
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