* Online Education in the Media, April and May 2013

Members of the SCFA have been tracking campus conversations about Coursera and other commercial online course providers.  The most recent articles appear at the bottom of the list. Thank you to Sean Keilen (Literature) for providing us with these updates which have appeared recently in the media. Duke U.’s Undergraduate Faculty Derails Plan for Online Courses for Credit “The faculty of Duke University’s undergraduate college drew a line in the sand last week on online education: Massive online experiments are fine, but there will be no credit-bearing online courses at Duke in the near future.The university’s Arts & Sciences Council, the governing arm of the undergraduate faculty, voted down a proposal to join a consortium of top colleges offering for-credit online courses through […]

* California: Do MOOCs Deserve Credit?

“It’s the wrong solution to the wrong problem,” said Robert Meister, chair of the Council of UC Faculty Associations and professor at UC Santa Cruz, in a phone interview. He argued that the problem is inadequate funding and the solution is to increase it. “The legislature and the governor have been cutting higher education on a per-student basis for ten years,” he said. “The universities and colleges have been reducing the number of admissions, especially at the community college level, and also reducing the number of seats in required courses. Those problems wouldn’t exist if the university, and particularly the community colleges, were adequately funded.” Meister said he believes the state of California could easily restore funding for all three […]

* SB 520 Update – Bill Monning abstains in the face of significant pressure

SB-520 passed out of the Senate Education Committee on May 1, 2013. It now moves on to the Senate Appropriations committee. It has not yet been scheduled to be heard by the Appropriations committee, but that committee must hear it before May 24th if the bill is to progress to the Assembly this year. The official vote in Senate Ed was: Ayes: Block, Correa, Hancock, Hueso, Huff, Jackson, Liu, Wyland Noes: none No Votes Recorded: Monning SCFA supports Bill Monning in his choice to abstain in the face of significant pressure from the author of the bill, and leader of the Senate, Steinberg.