U.Va. cautious on MOOC trend

Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, could be the wave of the future for colleges and universities, but the University of Virginia is approaching the trend with caution, the News Leader reports.

U.Va. is one of about 100 universities worldwide offering online courses — offered to an unlimited number of students anywhere in the world — through MOOC company Coursera. For now, most of these classes are not for college credit, but some institutions are experimenting with MOOCs that could count toward a degree.

Georgia Tech has taken it a step further, offering an entire degree program using the platform. Partnering with AT&T and MOOC provider Udacity, the university is offering a master’s degree in computer science. The tuition is expected to be less than $7,000, according to Udacity.

Don’t expect to see that at U.Va. anytime soon, said spokesman McGregor McCance. The administration is concerned about the possibility of cheating and fraud, he said.

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