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Google Will Fund Cornell MOOC

English: Andrew Dickson White statue by Karl B...

English: Andrew Dickson White statue by Karl Bitter, and Goldwin Smith Hall at Cornell University (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to Macy, because of its integration of technology and emphasis on student participation, the course is already well-suited to become a MOOC.

Although the University has recently decided that it will join a MOOC consortium in the near future, Google will support — both financially and technologically — the MOOC version of Six Pretty Good Books, Macy said. The course will be offered online through Google’s Course Builder platform, according to a University press release.

“We hope to blaze the trail for more courses to follow, both at Cornell and elsewhere, especially in the social sciences,” he said. “Google has transformed the ability of humans across the planet to find the answers to questions, and I think they see MOOCs as an important new contribution to that mission.”

In a Forbes piece published January, President David Skorton said that “by providing free access to anyone with an Internet connection, MOOCs facilitate the dissemination of knowledge to unprecedented numbers of people.”

Read more at The Cornell Sun

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