UVa Sees 400K Students Participate in Free Online Courses

June 4, 2013

The University of Virginia recently finished its first semester of free online courses, and hundreds of thousands of people around the world participated.

There were 400,000 students enrolled in six total courses. Roughly, 40-percent of them were actively involved in the class, and 25,000 of them passed all the tests.

University officials say that is a high rate for these types of classes, though.

"We're delighted, I mean it's really had, we've reached over a hundred different countries and having 25,000 students through one semester of students who we would not normally reach out to," said Online Learning Director Kristin Palmer. "It's just been a great global experiment for us."

They are expanding to nine courses for the fall semester.

UVa will also be studying ways to improve the online tests to prevent possible cheating.


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