In recent weeks, faculty at Duke and Amherst have voted against elements of expanding MOOCs on their campuses, and 58 Harvard faculty last week called for a new university committee to consider ethical issues related to Harvard's participation in edX, a MOOC-producing consortium led by Harvard and MIT.
Some California faculty have also protested plans in the state higher education system to use MOOCs to supplement teaching on campus.
WVU is one of 10 large public universities to announce new partnerships with Coursera today: the State University of New York, the Tennessee Board of Regents, University of Colorado, University of Houston System, University of Kentucky, University of Nebraska, University of New Mexico, University System of Georgia and the University of Tennessee also announced partnerships.
The plans vary widely among schools. Some institutions will focus on improving prep courses for students coming into the system, others on enrolled students both online and on-campus, and still others will develop their own MOOCs to teach students at other institutions in their states.
At WVU, Day-Perroots said they're still not sure what the school's new MOOCs will look like. At first, WVU will likely focus on open, non-credit courses for students who aren't enrolled - though it could explore options for giving credit for the courses in the future, or a slew of other new formats that are being tried at schools across the country.
The first courses will likely be in some of the areas that the school has identified for potential for growth and return on the University's investment - those are subjects like radio astronomy, public health and 21st Century skills.
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