Posted by: rmostell | April 10, 2013

MOOCs in the Local Headlines

I was surprised to see the headlines this morning in the Pasadena Star-News (see image below): ONLINE COURSES CREATE BACKLASH. It’s an interesting read by a local reporter (Beau Yarbrough) based on interviews with professors in some of our local colleges (e.g. CSUN, The University of Redlands, Pierce College, L.A. Mission College, etc.). Yarbrough also reports on the recent survey about MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)  by The Chronicle of Higher Education. See links below.

I was glad to see this reporter “taking it to the streets” in Pasadena and local communities known for many institutions of higher education (e.g. Pasadena City College, California Institute of Technology).

Professors: Massive online courses shouldn’t be worth college credit

By Beau Yarbrough, San Bernadino Sun
Posted: 04/10/2013 08:11:54 AM PDT

Massive online courses not true college classes, say professors who teach them

By Beau Yarbrough
beau.yarbrough@ @inlanded on Twitter
Posted: 03/26/2013 08:46:47 PM PDT

The Professors Who Make the MOOCs
By Steve Kolowich
The Chronicle of Higher Education

The survey, conducted by The Chronicle, attempted to reach every professor who has taught a MOOC. The online questionnaire was sent to 184 professors in late February, and 103 of them responded.

Pasadena Star-News front page, Wednesday, April 10, 2013




  1. The same front page also ran an article about “High school graduation rates climb in California” by Barbara Jones and James Figueroa. Way to go Star-News! Keep education on the front page!

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