There is breaking news in the evolving world of the MOOC startup, as several news outlets are covering a new deal between San Jose State and Udacity. The Verge and The New York Times are reporting that Udacity will offer remedial Algebra, among other courses, to San Jose State students. Part of the motivation on the part of the university is reported to be that less than fifty percent of California incoming freshmen meet basic aptitudes in core subjects. Class sizes will reportedly be limited to 300 students per course.
This is a fascinating, rapidly changing topic to track. I foresee with my crystal ball, a flood of dissertations on optimal online class size in the coming years.