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May 15, 2013

Georgia Tech's new $7000 online masters degree in computer science

Ry Rivard:

The Georgia Institute of Technology plans to offer a $7,000 online master's degree to 10,000 new students over the next three years without hiring much more than a handful of new instructors.

Georgia Tech will work with AT&T and Udacity, the 15-month-old Silicon Valley-based company, to offer a new online master's degree in computer science to students across the world at a sixth of the price of its current degree. The deal, announced Tuesday, is portrayed as a revolutionary attempt by a respected university, an education technology startup and a major corporate employer to drive down costs and expand higher education capacity.

Georgia Tech expects to hire only eight or so new instructors even as it takes its master's program from 300 students to as many as 10,000 within three years, said Zvi Galil, the dean of computing at Georgia Tech.

Meanwhile, in Madison, the K-12 status quo (presently $15k/student annually) continues.

Posted by Jim Zellmer at May 15, 2013 7:23 AM
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Madison's ongoing intransigence vis a vis the Georgia Tech announcement (online learning opportunities) is expensive, particularly for students.

New methods and models are here.

Madison could offer additional curricular diversity and depth, while focusing staff on the core issues, such as its long-term disastrous reading problems.

Khan Academy already has a bitcoin course available:

Posted by: Jim Zellmer at May 15, 2013 9:41 AM
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