Are online courses the future of higher education? As buildings rise at college campuses, including Oregon State University, students are flocking to courses delivered via the Internet. Companies such as Udacity, Coursera and the Kahn Academy offer free online classes, many from top universities. Enrollment in OSU’s Ecampus, which offers 30 degree programs, rises annually.
Kevin Ahern teaches online courses in biochemistry at OSU and has posted all his lectures on YouTube. You can download his textbook for free or take three of his courses through iTunes. At the Corvallis City Club meeting on Nov. 11, he will discuss his experience teaching and interacting with students online in the United States and around the world. He will demystify the term “massive open online course” (MOOC). And he will talk about the results. How does an online experience compare with the classroom? Is this a realistic alternative to a bricks and mortar education?
City Club meets in the Les Schwab Gym at the Boys & Girls Club, 1112 NW Circle. The meeting will begin at 12 noon, and doors will open at 11:30. Since Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, we will acknowledge those who put on a uniform in service to our country.
As always, attendance is free. Lunch will be catered this month by Elmer's Restaurant and is $10 for members, $12 for non-members. To register, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with "City Club November 11" in the subject line by November 8.