Columbia University Explains Why MOOCs Are Valuable


Columbia University’s Center for Teaching & Learning’s Director, Maurice Matiz, explained during the third Open edX Meetup in New York, on January 7, why MOOCs are worth it. These are the reasons:

  • Showcase our faculty and our programs
  • Attract applicants to our on-campus, distance education, and certificate programs
  • Improve how we teach on campus
     – Leverage technological/pedagogical advances for our resident students and tuition-paying students in distance and hybrid education programs
     – Publish excellence
     – Teach the world; share knowledge freely
  • Foster lifelong learning programs for alumni
  • Fundraising opportunities

Currently, Columbia University, which posts MOOCs on (seven published courses and five more in production) and Coursera (11 courses) has a dedicated team of over thirty people. All of the MOOCs are released as open content under the Creative Commons license.

Download Maurice Matiz’s presentation