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Monday, July 15, 2013

Big Ten Turns Attention to MOOCs

There’s more to the Big Ten than athletics. The universities that make up the oldest Division I athletic conference also operate the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) with the University of Chicago, a consortium of research universities that produce 16% of the massive open online courses (MOOCs) offered by Coursera.

Now, the CIC members are proposing a collaborative online network that would expand the CourseShare program. The collaboration would also put the schools in a position to develop of tools, courses, and applications instead of counting on technology and MOOC companies to create the innovations.

“To meet our objective of using online platforms to improve instruction quality, we need to harness campus creativity and expertise to rethink the underlying methods and aims of instruction,” provosts from the CIC member schools said in a joint statement

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