Google to Finance Carnegie Mellon’s MOOC Research

Google has announced that it will give Carnegie Mellon $300,000 in each of the next two years to study MOOCs. The funding, which comes through the Google Focused Research Award program, will focus on data-driven analysis and feedback on student work. The goal, according to a press release, is to develop platforms to “mimic the traditional classroom experience.”

“Unless the MOOCs pay attention to how people actually learn, they will not be able to improve effectiveness, and will end up as just a passing fad,” said Justine Cassell, associate vice provost for technology strategy and impact.

For full story and more on Google’s ties to Carnegie Mellon, see The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Yvonne Chan

Yvonne Chan

Yvonne is a writer for Edtech Times who is most interested in technology's role in culture. When she is not combing the web for the latest in educational technology, she is reading classic literature or watching the game on TV. You may know her from Gradeable, Boston.com, Emerson College, Busa Wine & Spirits, UMass Dartmouth, or Burlington High School.