As an alum of UVA’s Darden School, I’ve been following the leadership conflict over the future of Mr. Jefferson’s University with great interest. One of the disputes is over how quickly massive open online courses (MOOCs) wil develop and compete with traditional university courses. When I saw an opportunity to sign up for a course by Professor Keith Devlin on mathematical reasoning, I decided to sign up. I’ve always been interested in learning more about math, and I’m curious about how the MOOC will be different from traditional learning. I’ll post updates over the seven weeks the course runs. You can also follow Professor Devlin’s blog here as he learns how to manage and teach a MOOC.
By the way, how big is massive? The initial sign-up for the course is 51,200 people around the world. Apparently, the average completion rate on these courses is about 10% — more than the undergraduate freshman enrollment at the University of Virginia.