Columbia University, Online

A part of Columbia University will now be offering some of its courses online, apparently online only. According to a piece at PR Newswire:

Pearson and Columbia University’s School of Continuing Education today announced [that] beginning with a series of pilots starting this summer, the School of Continuing Education will offer courses via the Pearson LearningStudio platform, including a hybrid Master of Science program in Information and Knowledge Strategy and an online Business Certificate Program. Columbia’s administrators and faculty will have access to a range of Pearson LearningStudio’s data tools, including Enterprise Reporting to monitor and analyze trends in student performance, and Learning Outcome Manager to track the achievement of learning objectives and goals.

Using Pearson’s social technology tools, students can connect and interact in real-time or asynchronously with instructors and peers for a richer online learning experience. As a result, they will be able to build relationships and learning communities; exercise social, team and leadership skills; give and receive feedback on ideas; participate in shared knowledge building; and support one another in the pursuit of shared learning goals.

Of course, students would probably be better able to “build relationships and learning communities; exercise social, team and leadership skills; give and receive feedback on ideas; participate in shared knowledge building; and support one another in the pursuit of shared learning goals” if they had real interaction on campus. But the online experience presumably provides at least a part of Columbia to those unable to travel to Morningside Heights.

Pearson eCollege creates and services online college-level learning programs. It’s a part of Pearson PLC, a $1.2 billion media and education company headquartered in London.

Tuition at Columbia’s School of Continuing Education is $1,270.00 per point, or about $38,000 a year. No word yet on whether or not the all-online courses will be any cheaper for students.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer