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July 26, 2013 | Michael Hiltzik
Let it not be said that San Jose State University hasn't taught the world a valuable lesson in the promises and pitfalls of the fancy new craze for online university learning. The Cal State University campus set itself up as a pioneer in the field in January, when it announced plans to enroll up to 300 students in three introductory online courses; the fee would be $150, a deep discount from the usual cost of more than $2,000. Gov. Jerry Brown, who had been pushing the state's public universities to embrace high-tech teaching modes, was on hand to mark what he called an "exciting moment in the intellectual history of our state and of our university.
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October 31, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
Gov. Jerry Brown has made it no secret that he wants California colleges to ramp up online education as a way to increase access and reduce costs. He emphasized the point recently when he named a Cal State Northridge computer science professor to the system's Board of Trustees. Steven Stepanek, 62, was appointed last week to represent faculty on the 25-member board, replacing Humboldt State theater professor Bernadette Cheyne, whose term ended in May.  Stepanek had been chairman of the Department of Computer Science and faculty president on the Northridge campus.
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January 16, 2013 | By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
San Jose State launched a program Tuesday that will offer low-cost, online classes in entry-level subjects that are often in high demand for students seeking to transfer or obtain a degree. The university will partner with Udacity, a Silicon Valley online education group, to create for-credit courses. If successful, the program could expand access to tens of thousands of underserved students, including those in high school and community college, wait-listed San Jose State students and nontraditional students such as veterans and adults with jobs and families.
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September 12, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
Limited Internet experience, email glitches and confusing websites hampered many students struggling to pass online classes in a San Jose State University experiment that produced mixed results, a new report found. The findings are in a newly released study, funded by the National Science Foundation, that attempts to tackle what worked and what didn't for students in two math classes and a statistics class offered by the university last spring in collaboration with the online provider Udacity.
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July 18, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
San Jose State University is suspending a highly touted collaboration with online provider Udacity to offer low-cost, for-credit online courses after finding that more than half of the students failed to pass the classes, officials said Thursday. Preliminary results from a spring pilot project found student pass rates of 20% to 44% in remedial math, college-level algebra and elementary statistics courses. In a somewhat more promising outcome, 83% of students completed the classes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
Students who took online classes in a summer program at San Jose State University performed better than those who took the same online classes in the spring, a result that is likely to provide a boost to a highly touted but problem-plagued collaboration between the campus and an online provider. In new results released Wednesday, 83% of summer students in elementary statistics earned a C or better compared with 50.5% of those in the spring; and 72.6% of summer college algebra students made the grade compared with 25.4% of those in the spring.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
Limited Internet experience, email glitches and confusing websites hampered many students struggling to pass online classes in a San Jose State University experiment that produced mixed results, a new report found. The findings are in a newly released study, funded by the National Science Foundation, that attempts to tackle what worked and what didn't for students in two math classes and a statistics class offered by the university last spring in collaboration with the online provider Udacity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
Students who took online classes in a summer program at San Jose State University performed better than those who took the same classes in the spring, a result that is likely to provide a boost to a highly touted but problem-plagued collaboration between the campus and an online provider. In new results released Wednesday, 83% of summer students in elementary statistics earned a C or better compared with 50.5% of those in the spring; while 72.6% of summer college algebra students made the grade compared to 25.4% of those in the spring.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
An online engineering course at San Jose State University that has shown promise in improving student performance will be expanded to 11 other California State University campuses next fall, officials announced Wednesday. The San Jose campus, which has been a leader in adopting new technologies, will also establish a new Center for Excellence in Adaptive and Blended Learning to train faculty members from other campuses interested in offering the class. The initiative was announced at a news conference attended by Lt Gov. Gavin Newsom, who along with Gov. Jerry Brown, has been pushing universities to pursue online education as a way to curtail costs and serve more students.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
Gov. Jerry Brown has made it no secret that he wants California colleges to ramp up online education as a way to increase access and reduce costs. He emphasized the point recently when he named a Cal State Northridge computer science professor to the system's Board of Trustees. Steven Stepanek, 62, was appointed last week to represent faculty on the 25-member board, replacing Humboldt State theater professor Bernadette Cheyne, whose term ended in May.  Stepanek had been chairman of the Department of Computer Science and faculty president on the Northridge campus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
Students who took online classes in a summer program at San Jose State University performed better than those who took the same classes in the spring, a result that is likely to provide a boost to a highly touted but problem-plagued collaboration between the campus and an online provider. In new results released Wednesday, 83% of summer students in elementary statistics earned a C or better compared with 50.5% of those in the spring; while 72.6% of summer college algebra students made the grade compared to 25.4% of those in the spring.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
Students who took online classes in a summer program at San Jose State University performed better than those who took the same online classes in the spring, a result that is likely to provide a boost to a highly touted but problem-plagued collaboration between the campus and an online provider. In new results released Wednesday, 83% of summer students in elementary statistics earned a C or better compared with 50.5% of those in the spring; and 72.6% of summer college algebra students made the grade compared with 25.4% of those in the spring.
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July 26, 2013 | Michael Hiltzik
Let it not be said that San Jose State University hasn't taught the world a valuable lesson in the promises and pitfalls of the fancy new craze for online university learning. The Cal State University campus set itself up as a pioneer in the field in January, when it announced plans to enroll up to 300 students in three introductory online courses; the fee would be $150, a deep discount from the usual cost of more than $2,000. Gov. Jerry Brown, who had been pushing the state's public universities to embrace high-tech teaching modes, was on hand to mark what he called an "exciting moment in the intellectual history of our state and of our university.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
San Jose State University is suspending a highly touted collaboration with online provider Udacity to offer low-cost, for-credit online courses after finding that more than half of the students failed to pass the classes, officials said Thursday. Preliminary results from a spring pilot project found student pass rates of 20% to 44% in remedial math, college-level algebra and elementary statistics courses. In a somewhat more promising outcome, 83% of students completed the classes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
San Jose State University is suspending a highly touted collaboration with online provider Udacity to offer low-cost, for-credit online courses after finding that more than half of the students failed to pass the classes, officials said Thursday. Preliminary results from a spring pilot project found student pass rates of 20% to 44% in remedial math, college-level algebra and elementary statistics courses. In a somewhat more promising outcome, 83% of students completed the classes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
An online engineering course at San Jose State University that has shown promise in improving student performance will be expanded to 11 other California State University campuses next fall, officials announced Wednesday. The San Jose campus, which has been a leader in adopting new technologies, will also establish a new Center for Excellence in Adaptive and Blended Learning to train faculty members from other campuses interested in offering the class. The initiative was announced at a news conference attended by Lt Gov. Gavin Newsom, who along with Gov. Jerry Brown, has been pushing universities to pursue online education as a way to curtail costs and serve more students.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2013 | By Dalina Castellanos and Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
Students locked out of overcrowded core courses at California's state colleges and universities should instead be able to take those classes online, according to legislation introduced Wednesday in Sacramento - sending shock waves through academia nationwide. The bill by state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) calls for the development of 50 online classes as potential substitutes for the most oversubscribed lower division courses required for graduation at UC, Cal State and community colleges.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
San Jose State University is suspending a highly touted collaboration with online provider Udacity to offer low-cost, for-credit online courses after finding that more than half of the students failed to pass the classes, officials said Thursday. Preliminary results from a spring pilot project found student pass rates of 20% to 44% in remedial math, college-level algebra and elementary statistics courses. In a somewhat more promising outcome, 83% of students completed the classes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2013 | By Dalina Castellanos and Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
Students locked out of overcrowded core courses at California's state colleges and universities should instead be able to take those classes online, according to legislation introduced Wednesday in Sacramento - sending shock waves through academia nationwide. The bill by state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) calls for the development of 50 online classes as potential substitutes for the most oversubscribed lower division courses required for graduation at UC, Cal State and community colleges.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2013 | By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
San Jose State launched a program Tuesday that will offer low-cost, online classes in entry-level subjects that are often in high demand for students seeking to transfer or obtain a degree. The university will partner with Udacity, a Silicon Valley online education group, to create for-credit courses. If successful, the program could expand access to tens of thousands of underserved students, including those in high school and community college, wait-listed San Jose State students and nontraditional students such as veterans and adults with jobs and families.
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