Arizona State and Scottsdale Community College Decide What MOOCs to Offer

While two of Arizona's public universities are considering how to adapt to the world of massive open online courses (MOOCs), two schools have already decided how they are going to proceed. Arizona State University and Scottsdale Community College will each be offering a new MOOC in 2013.

Scottsdale Community College, a member of the Maricopa County Community College System, will be developing a MOOC to teach introductory mathematics. With the first installment of the class expected to go live in February, it is still unknown whether the school will partner with an outside provider, like Coursera or Udacity, or do the development on its own.

Scottsdale Community College's decision comes two weeks after the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded $550,000 in grants to nine universities to develop remedial and introductory MOOCS. However, the college was not among the schools selected.

Arizona State has decided to break from the pack and offer a class that is not only something that the university isn't already offering online, but something that isn't being offered in any MOOC anywhere. ASU's as-yet unnamed class will focus on providing people with the tools necessary to navigate life decisions—like going back to school, getting married, or retiring. The university is one of the three schools partnering with learning management company Blackboard to develop a MOOC network.


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