During a University Faculty Senate Meeting held in the Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium on Wednesday, professors debated the benefits and financial concerns associated with expanding Cornell’s current MOOC offerings, The Cornell Daily Sun reports.
MOOCs, massive online open courses that the University began to offer in February, differ from traditional classes in that they are online, shorter than a semester and open to the public, according to a previous Sun article.
The Distance Learning Committee’s drafted a report on the future of MOOCs at Cornell, which served as the base of conversation at the meeting.
Prof. Richard Miller, philosophy, a member of the DLC, said the report includes policy recommendations for Cornell and outlines controversies about the impending transformation of higher education due to MOOCs and other online learning programs.
According to Miller, the committee encourages expanding Cornell’s online education program in both scope and content.The committee also suggests that the University continue to not grant credit to on-campus students for MOOCs and to weigh the impact of licensing MOOCs for credit at other colleges and universities.