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Opportunities for online courses continue to grow

By Simon Schuster          Posted: 02/21/13 8:07pm         

On Thursday two of the major providers of online courses, edX and Coursera, announced they would be expanding their program to approximately double the amount of courses they offer.

This comes at a time when the market for Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, is growing exponentially.

But as the field of available MOOCs quickly expands to global audience, the process has not been without road bumps.

Coursera, for one, experienced a hilarious snag when the Georgia Institute of Technology course “Fundamentals of Online Education” was taken off the internet after experiencing technical difficulties.

Yet despite all the appeal of a free, high-quality education online, some of the largest open courses still lose almost 90 percent of their students throughout the duration of the course.

The challenge facing pedagogical experts today lies not in how to distributes the MOOCs, but in how to ensure students stay involved and engaged in their online educations.

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