Alums boost online education platform
News from The Brown Daily Herald:
As the University’s relationship with online education inches forward, three alumni are jumping on the movement to shift higher education from building bricks to online clicks.
Launched by two Stanford professors in April 2012, online education system Coursera’s self-described vision is of “a future where the top universities are educating not only thousands of students, but millions.” More than 30 universities around the world, including Brown, are now participating in the online education movement through Coursera.
Cruising to Coursera
Jerry Charumilind ’00, Anne Trumbore ’89 and Norian Caporale-Berkowitz ’12 didn’t know each other until Charumilind and Caporale-Berkowitz arrived last fall at Coursera, based in Mountain View, Calif.
Before being hired, Charumilind took two classes via Coursera, one of which was taught by company co-founder Andrew Ng.
“From his video lectures I had a very good sense of his character,” Charumilind said. Upon hearing about the company starting up, he applied for a position.
The opportunity to work at Coursera was “really exciting and motivating” compared to his previous job working for TiVo, he said.
Charumilind currently works as an engineer to make Coursera’s tools, such as video lectures, quizzes and computer assessments, more accessible to instructors.
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McKendree University cracks top 100 online business programs
News from Belleville News Democrat:
McKendree University is the only metro-east school listed on the U.S. News and World Report’s list of top 100 online schools for 2013.
The Lebanon university ranked 100th in the category of top graduate business programs.
“Developing the E-Learning MBA was a year-long project involving almost the entire faculty of the School of Business,” said Frank Spreng, director of the MBA program at McKendree University. “The benefits from those efforts a few years ago are considerable. We now have about 135 students enrolled in online MBA courses.”
While online courses are a relatively new concept, Spreng said schools are rapidly developing new programs to give students more opportunity to further their education.
“Many students could not be participating in graduate business education without the online option,” Spreng said. “The concept of online education gives options for many students and allows face-to-face students to mix and match courses, times and schedules.”
Schools in St. Louis to rank in the top 100 are:
* Webster University ranks 62nd in the online business category.
* In the category of online Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Program category, the University of Missouri-St. Louis ranked 43rd and St. Louis University ranked 95th.
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