Wednesday, April 3, 2013

SPOCs - the next big thing?

While the MOOC hoopla has yet to abate, a new term has been coined: Small Private Online Courses, or SPOCs. Well, if that is the "next big thing", I have fantastic news for you: SPH has been far ahead in implementing and perfecting SPOCs - we've been doing this for years. While our online courses are not always small (some reaching 40 students), they are tiny compared to the tens of thousands of students some of the MOOCs are attracting. However, they offer students much more attention from faculty and GSIs (with some students reporting getting more individualized attention in online courses than in residential ones), they generate tuition for the School, and they are for credit. Perhaps it is time for us to toot our horn a bit and tell the rest of the world that they are just catching up to us? :-)

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