With online education, one size does not fit all

After a recent media blitz promoting Yale’s online education efforts, the Committee on Online Education held a forum on Monday to showcase different digital initiatives at Yale, The Yale Daily News reports.

This week, the creation of a new “Yale Online” Twitter account, a community-wide email and an op-ed in the News on Monday all pointed to the event as a coming-out party for Yale’s expanded digital efforts.

With some 75 people, most of whom were faculty members, in attendance, the panel featured a variety of faculty- and student-led digital experiments, highlighting what Vice President for Global and Strategic Initiatives Linda Lorimer called Yale’s “homegrown” and faculty-driven movements towards online education.

“Obviously there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to online education here,” said music professor Craig Wright, who chairs the Committee on Online Education.

Discussion focused on Massive Open Online Courses, commonly known as MOOCs, in an acknowledgement of the dominance of MOOC platforms such as Coursera in the current national debate on online education. But no consensus emerged from panelists’ conflicting views on the future role of MOOCs in Yale’s online education initiatives.

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