November 25, 2015

New Briefing Paper: “Is this Time Different? Questions for MOOCs and Online Learning Beyond 2012″

Here’s a briefing paper (published in August and made available online today) from the CIC (Committee on Institutional Cooperation). We’ve linked to the 58 page (PDF) paper and also embedded a copy below.


Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are making headlines and building momentum across the world of higher education. In their recent briefing paper, “Is this Time Different? Questions for MOOCs and Online Learning Beyond 2012,” the CIC Chief Information Officers give their thoughts on how this new trend in online education differs from past online education attempts that have failed.  In this paper, the CIC CIOs offer a list of near-term actions for campuses, discussion questions for campus leaders, and additional context for recent developments in IT-enabled education.

CIC Member Universities Include:

  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois
  • Indiana University
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Michigan
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Northwestern University
  • Ohio State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Purdue University
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison

Is this Time Different? Questions for MOOCs and Online Learning Beyond 2012

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