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Can a Silicon Valley startup solve state university woes?San Jose State University is partnering with tech startup Udacity, which offers online computer science and mathematics courses. CNET's Sumi Das explains how the first-of-its-kind program could help students graduate faster and save money.
-They're called MOOCs, Massive Open Online Courses and they might help college students save money and graduate faster. -The longer you stay, the more you spent. So this is a big huge problem with student that approaching trillion dollars. So online is a part of that solution. -For the first time, students can enroll in a MOOC that's purely taught online and receive academic credit. Thanks to San Jose State Plus, a partnership between San Jose State University and tech startup Udacity. -Instead of us standing back and jus lecturing for 50, 60 minutes, the Udacity approach is to have an inquiry-based. Have the students constantly interacting with the material. -Students watch short videos. -Based on the scatter plot-- -Then take quizzes. -Just take a guess, this doesn't affect your grade-- -You learn by making your brain go crazy. You don't learn by just listening. -The pilot program offers 3 entry-level math classes costing $150 each, much less than the roughly $2,000 it cost to take the class on campus. Classes are limited to veterans, high school students a few others. Going forward, the hope is to open enrollment to anyone. -What we hope is that this will really help advance students in their ability to understand the mathematics, master it and even become confident and excited. -In the past, Udacity has had troubled with students dropping out of MOOCs. So for this program, they're s a key edition, mentors. -You will get the same level of attention you get normally in college. The same number of hours and those will push you, to be honest, and they will help you. there'll be there for you when you get stuck. -A personal touch in a virtual classroom. Many of that combination helps student in State Universities alike. In San Jose, I'm Tsumi Das, CNET.com for CBS News.