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Online Education and U.Va.

Last Updated: July 19, 2012

U.Va.’s direction in online and technology-enhanced education is becoming clearer after the issue was raised during events surrounding the presidential reinstatement in June 2012. What follows is an archive of UVa Today articles, press releases, statements and coverage about the University’s initiatives. Items are arranged in reverse chronological order with the newest information on top.

Statements and News from U.Va.

Robert Bruner, Dean of the Darden School of Business: Course, Courser, Coursant, Coursé (blog)

UVA Today: Faculty Senate Task Force Releases Report on U.Va. Online Learning Initiatives
July 18, 2012 — The first-ever overview of the University’s online education initiatives, detailed in a new Faculty Senate report, outlines a surprising variety of offerings.

Download: President Sullivan’s note to the Board of Visitors that accompanied the Faculty Senate’s report on online Learning Initiatives. (PDF, July 17, 2012)

Download: Overview of Significant Programs in Online Education at the University of Virginia (PDF, July 17, 2012)

Message from Meredith Jung-En Woo, dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences to College faculty (July 17, 2012)

Darden: UVA Partners With Online-Learning Pioneer Coursera
July 17, 2012 — The University of Virginia today announced that it will partner with Coursera, a new educational platform, to offer online classes and explore the development of Web-based courses and course materials.

Comment by Rector Dragas on Coursera announcement (July 17, 2012)

Comment by President Sullivan on Coursera announcement (July 17, 2012)

J. Milton Adams, U.Va. vice provost for academic programs, discusses U.Va.’s partnership with online course provider Coursera, announced July 17, 2012.

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UVA Today: University of Virginia Enters Agreement To Distribute Courses Online
July 17, 2012 — Bringing education to anyone with a computer and an Internet connection, U.Va. has announced a partnership with Coursera, a provider of free, online courses. Starting in 2013, the College of Arts & Sciences will offer three courses, and the Darden School of Business will offer one.

UVA Today: Faculty Senate, Teaching Resource Center Challenge Faculty to Enhance Fall Courses
July 6, 2012 — The U.Va. Faculty Senate and Teaching Resource Center, with support from the Office of the President, are offering faculty members a new opportunity to design technology-enhanced courses. But they’ll have to act quickly.

UVA Today: ‘Engineers PRODUCED in Virginia’ Creates Employment Pipeline for State’s Technology Companies
July 21, 2011 — From astronauts to leaders of Fortune 500 companies, the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science has a record of educating technically astute and leadership-ready engineers. Soon, more of Virginia’s numerous technology-driven companies will be able to find – and hire – these U.Va. engineers, thanks to new internship and career advice offered by the school’s unique distance education program.

News Coverage of U.Va.


New York Times (Opinion Pages): The Trouble With Online Education
July 19, 2012 — ”AH, you’re a professor. You must learn so much from your students.” This line, which I’ve heard in various forms, always makes me cringe. Do people think that lawyers learn a lot about the law from their clients? That patients teach doctors much of what they know about medicine?

Chronicle of Higher Education: Going Public the UVa Way
July 18, 2012 — “Why does a stationary skater remain stationary?” That’s a question that Lou Bloomfield asks his students in the opening lecture of “Physics 1050: How Things Work,” which he has taught at the University of Virginia for 21 years.

Inside Higher Ed: U.Va. and 11 others become latest to plan MOOCs
July 17, 2012 — A dozen more universities have signed partnerships with Coursera, a company that provides hosting services for massively open online courses (MOOCs), the company announced today. Coursera’s new partners include the University of Virginia, whose highly …

Washington Post: U-Va. takes major step in online education
July 17, 2012 — The leadership crisis that rent the University of Virginia last month arose partly out of fear that other elite schools were moving into the vanguard of a coming digital revolution, and that U-Va. stood to be left behind. That argument, advanced by the …

The Daily Progress: UVa announces new online courses venture
July 17, 2012 — University of Virginia officials have announced a new partnership with a company specializing in offering massive open online courses. The deal, which will offer non-credit classes, was in the works for several months, according to school officials.

Chronicle of Higher Education: After Leadership Crisis Fueled by Distance-Ed Debate, UVa Will Put Free… (subscription)
July 17, 2012 — By Nick DeSantis Before the University of Virginia’s president, Teresa A. Sullivan, was abruptly removed from office last month, her critics on UVa’s governing board expressed anxiety about being left behind in the emerging technological arms race on …

Richmond Times-Dispatch: Colleges expand audiences with online courses for the masses
July 15, 2012 — David Evans usually teaches about 50 students in one of his computer science classes at the University of Virginia. In February, he offered a free course on how to build a search engine, and 94,000 people signed up.