NTU to offer free online courses to engage wider audience
It aims to engage wider audience, attract applicants
FROM next year, you do not have to be a Nanyang Technological University (NTU) student to attend lessons by the world's best business teacher, Professor Vijay Sethi. The 53-year-old information technology expert will be among three professors from the university to offer free online courses for the first time.
NTU, which is partnering United States-based online education company Coursera, is the second local university after the National University of Singapore to announce plans for massive open online courses, or Moocs for short. Worldwide, more than 80 universities, including Stanford, Brown and Yale, offer free courses through Coursera.
NTU's president, Professor Bertil Andersson, said the university aims to engage a wider international audience through Moocs. "We recognise there is rising interest globally for open online courses by top universities, including leading Asian universities like NTU. By making several of our courses accessible to anyone from anywhere in the world... hopefully more will be enticed to come and study here."
Prof Sethi, who earlier this year beat business dons from 31 countries to be named the "world's best business educator" by the Economist Intelligence Unit, will teach a course in e-commerce and technology. It is the same course he delivers to master's students at the Nanyang Business School, but teaching it online will mean doing some things differently.
A GOOD THING
The award has led to people paying more attention to my lectures and as a result, they get more out of it. So it has been a good thing.
- Professor Vijay Sethi, who was named "world's best business educator" by the Economist Intelligence Unit, on whether the award will raise his students' expectations