San Jose State Scales Back Online Learning

Setback for experiment in new learning.

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    San Jose State University will go the old school rather than online route.

    The experiment where anyone and everyone could take online classes at San Jose State University is being "scaled back," according to the Los Angeles Times.

    A much-ballyhooed collaboration with online learning company, Udacity -- where anyone could take up to five courses for credit -- is being reduced to three classes, open only to San Jose State or other Cal State students.

    And rather than doing the classes through Udacity, San Jose State is taking care of it: the school's own online platform and teaching assistants will take over.

    It seems that high failure rates -- up to 90 percent -- may have led San Jose State to rethink the necessity of working with Udacity on the massive open online courses, or MOOCs.

    After the much-publicized unveiling last spring, San Jose State suspended the classes for the fall.

    The classes also received resistance from faculty and teachers, who questioned their effectiveness.