When San Jose State University partnered with massive open online course provider Udacity to provide low cost MOOCs for credit, it was heralded as a "game changer" by California’s governor.

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One semester later, the initiative was suddenly “paused” after as much as 75 percent of students were failing some of the courses. Now, SJSU Plus, as the program is called, is making an apparent comeback less than two months after it stalled.

Pass rates for the courses sharply increased during the summer semester’s attempt, Udacity co-founder Sebastian...

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