Any person. Any study. And now – any corner of the globe.
Beginning next semester, the university will offer its first four massive open online courses – commonly known as MOOCs – to the world at-large, allowing anyone to take Cornell classes from the comfort of their home laptop or desktop computer, the Cornell Chronicle reports.
“Since Cornell University’s start nearly 150 years ago, the university has embraced its land-grant mission. Now with the advent of MOOCs, Cornell adds progression and more modernity to its mission to serve a broad, even global, community of learners,” said Laura Brown, senior vice provost for undergraduate education and chair of the new Distance Learning Committee. “MOOCs enhance our visibility for potential graduate and undergraduate students, and they open up and model opportunities for innovation in teaching through online methods that have a wide potential impact within and beyond Cornell.”
Brown explained that the four selected courses – from 15 submissions – are crisp, new offerings specifically tailored to Web learning.