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New

Windows

on the

World

Sacred Heart
University business
professor Kittipong
Laosethakul with
students in his
management
information
systems class
who collaborated
on projects with
students at Bangkok
University in Thailand
using an online
program called Link.
Welch School of
Business Dean
John Chalykoff
looks on.

part of their international business classes. The project has
a website (www.x-culture.org) but no administrative staff.
With corporate help, it has staged conferences in Istanbul and Atlanta that brought together students from top
teams. It has also produced a trove of research papers for
Taras and colleagues who regularly conduct pre- and posttests that demonstrate gains in cultural competencies.
Robert Gilbreth, a MBA student at Florida Institute
of Technology (FIT), had serious doubts about fitting
"a group project that spanned multiple time zones and
countless borders" into his already hectic schedule. It got
off to "a rocky start," but when the team members from
the United States, Mexico, India, and Kazakhstan finally
spent an hour together on Google Hangouts, "it totally
exceeded my expectations." They are drafting a blueprint
for a Florida leadership training company to branch into
India. The exercise "is better preparation for having to deal
with the real world," said the former Army paratrooper.
Gilbreth's professor, Timothy Muth, said his FIT students generally "have a love/hate relationship with the
project, however, they learn firsthand many valuable international business lessons."

M

assive Open Online Courses
(MOOCs) have opened the
halls of higher education to
learners around the world, with prestigious universities vying to share their
educational riches and project their
brands into new territory. A precursor
was Massachusetts Institute of Technology's decision in 2001 to share its
syllabi online. The rush accelerated after more than 100,000 people signed
up for a free artificial intelligence class
that Stanford University professors
offered in 2011.
Today rival companies offer courses
taught by professors from Harvard,
Princeton, and the University of Michigan as well as the National Univer-

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sity of Singapore, McGill, Australian
National University, ETH Zurich (Swiss
Federal Institute of Technology), and
dozens more. Coursera and Udacity are for-profit "start-ups" funded
by venture capitalists banking on an
eventual payoff from their million-dollar investments. Rival edX is nonprofit,
but was started with $60 million from
Harvard and MIT.
One route to profitability and
sustainability is to charge for extra
attention, certificates of completion,
or actual credits. Most MOOCs now
feature only machine-graded, multiplechoice quizzes, or papers graded not
by faculty but fellow students, who
may be encouraged to form their

own study groups and meet in coffee
shops in hometowns from Dallas to
Delft to Delhi.
The fly in the MOOC ointment is
that while eager learners sign up by
the tens of thousands, very few do the
work. A 5 percent completion rate is
par for these courses. Many who sign
up are college-educated adults pursuing personal enrichment or simply
following their curiosity, not impoverished, teenage strivers in countries with
narrow pathways to higher education.
University of Pennsylvania education researchers who tracked 1 million
users who signed up for Penn's 17
Coursera courses in 2012-2013 found
only half viewed at least one lecture.

THINKSTOCK

MOOCs Offer Global Access
to Elite Universities, but Few Persist


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Front Lines
In Brief
New Windows on the World
Green River Community College Attracts International Students at an Early Age
Education Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
Internationalization Leadership
Partnering
View From Out Here
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In Focus
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