Free online courses has been so successful
in Britain, it is being
imported to the United States
to confront one of the biggest challenges
in American higher education:
helping ill-prepared, self-conscious students
adapt to and succeed in college.
This from the Hechinger Report:
But when Conn tried college, he said, “I lost confidence in myself. The exams came and I just freaked out. So I stopped the whole lot.” Every year, he said, he would write to universities for a prospectus, “get completely daunted, and throw it away.”
It was by accident that Conn, now 28, stumbled across free courses offered over the Internet as an experiment by Open University, a British online public university. Not having to pay to try them removed one major obstacle for him; after all, he said, “You’re not going to lose any money.” He could also study where and when he wanted, which helped, too, since he works full time at a car dealership in his English seaside hometown.
Most important of all, Conn found, he was no longer worried he might fail.
“No one would even know that I was looking at the page,” he said over a pint in a Brighton pub. “After a few months, it was, I can actually do this.”...