Welcome to The CITE -- a blog on Course materials, Innovation, and Technology in Education, created by Mark Nelson and now part of the Publications Department of the National Association of College Stores. CITE is a pun with multiple meanings - referring to cite as in citation, something people reference; site as in location, website, or place people go to; and sight as in foresight or looking ahead to what is coming. Comments, discussion, feedback and ideas are welcome.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Online Degree Programs Gain Traction

Georgia Institute of Technology wanted to lead a revolution with its low-cost online master’s degree program in computer science. It appears that revolution is gaining traction.

The study by the university found that 2,359 people applied for the computer science master’s degree program during a 21-day enrollment period. That’s big news since the total enrollment for all traditional campus-based computer science master’s degree programs was just 1,806 last year, according to an article in eCampus News.

Georgia Tech, which partnered with massive open online course provider Udacity and AT&T on the program, also found that 75% of the applicants are employed full time, 82% work in computer or IT fields, and more than 500 are AT&T employees.

Now, the Berklee College of Music will launch online bachelor’s degree programs in music business and music production next year. The degrees are part of the Berklee Online program and could save participants 60% over residential students.

The two 120-credit degree programs are aimed at musicians who are unable to move to Boston to study. Enrollment will be capped at 300 students for the first year, but applicants can submit portfolios and earn up to 30 learning credits for their professional experience. 

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