CMU counters MOOCs with tech startups


Many universities are embracing the idea of incorporating massively open online courses, better known as MOOCs. Mark S. Kamlet, provost and executive vice president of Carnegie Mellon University, said for institutions like his the question is: “What do we do?”

Speaking at the LaunchCMU event Wednesday, Kamlet said there is tremendous opportunity for the university to take advantage of “the business of their business.”

While he said CMU has nothing against MOOCs, the university’s focus is not so much on how to transmit knowledge, but rather how students learn.

“Technology is going to disrupt our industry of higher education, just as we have seen it cause major disruptions in others,” he said.

CMU is shifting the model using its own approach, with organizations like Carnegie Innovations LLC. Since the fall, CMU has built a portfolio of five companies under the Carnegie Innovations umbrella.

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