Australia’s U. of New England Shuts Down MOOC Project (Chronicle)

August 26, 2014 by 

The University of New England, in Australia, has discontinued its MOOC program, which let students take online classes free but charged them to take examinations and receive online tutoring. “While MOOCs will continue to be offered I am sure by some of the very big providers around the world, it’s not something that a university like UNE would go at alone,” Annabelle Duncan, the university’s vice chancellor, told The Australian Financial Review. The Australian university, known for its online offerings, provided only a handful of the massive open online courses, primarily as part of the M.B.A. program.

Only a handful of subjects were ­available under the MOOC model. Photo: James Alcock Tim Dodd The University of New England (UNE) has shut down its pioneering ­experiment with massive open online courses (MOOCs) because it could not make it pay.

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