Gettysburg College Pres. Janet Morgan Riggs '77 authored an editorial that appeared on the Huffington Post on Jan. 31 about free massive open online courses (MOOCs) and online learning.
From the Huffington Post:
Pick up any publication or article dealing with the future of higher education and you will be sure to read about online learning and its potential to change education -- higher education in particular -- in dramatic ways. Some have even suggested that online learning will make residential colleges like Gettysburg obsolete in the not-too-distant future.
Over the last few years we have seen the development of free massive open online courses (MOOCs) by some of the best research universities in the country. Thousands of people from all over the world are signing up for these courses, but only a small percentage (usually in the single digits) complete them. The term flipped classroom has entered the lexicon and refers to classes in which students watch recorded lectures on their own time and then come to class prepared to work on problems and engage in discussion. Blended learning denotes a hybrid approach that combines traditional classroom teaching with online offerings.