If you’re interested in tracking the march of low-cost MOOCs through the academy, you’ll want to keep an eye on Georgia Tech’s affordable, online master’s program in computer science. At the end of its first year, the program has shown promising results, reports Inside Higher Ed. Students thought highly of the program overall: “93 percent of students said they would recommend the program, and 97 percent said it offered a ‘good or exceptional value’ for the cost.”School officials have warned that tuition may have to increase, as the school scales up enrollment and adds more classes. Right now, the program is substantially cheaper than a traditional degree program:
A three-credit-hour online course costs less than a single credit hour of face-to-face education — $402 versus $472, based on spring 2013 tuition rates. The goal is to get much larger than a traditional program could sustain, but also much smaller than the average MOOC.
This is encouraging news for anyone who wants to see cheap, high-quality online programs change the way the academy operates.