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U.C. Berkeley Data Science Master's Program 100% Online
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BrettC939
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BrettC939,
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8/3/2013 | 5:41:18 PM
re: U.C. Berkeley Data Science Master's Program 100% Online
By comparing these two programs which one do you think is better? I was accepted into Northwestern's program but I am very interested in Berkley's now.
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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7/17/2013 | 6:43:46 PM
re: U.C. Berkeley Data Science Master's Program 100% Online
I thought it was interesting that you can't earn this new degree on campus; it's specifically being designed for online course delivery. However, the I School does plan on some blended learning options where some of the material that overlaps between the 2 master's programs could be offered as part of the on campus courses.

I think there is going to be a LOT of experimentation on different ways to mix things up.
D. Henschen
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7/17/2013 | 6:31:11 PM
re: U.C. Berkeley Data Science Master's Program 100% Online
One week on campus is not a big ask. Particularly for a degree from such a top-notch school. For those interested in an online masters degree in analytics, check out Northwestern University's program.
ChrisMurphy
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7/17/2013 | 5:53:28 PM
re: U.C. Berkeley Data Science Master's Program 100% Online
Do you think a hybrid model will be the norm even for mainstream college programs, David? I feel like there's some material -- and it's a sizable amount -- where you're better off doing self-study/online study in a cheaper environment than an "on premises" traditional campus, and then use the on-campus time for the work that truly needs the in-person collaboration.
ErikaMaldonado
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7/17/2013 | 5:39:17 PM
re: U.C. Berkeley Data Science Master's Program 100% Online
The one-week visit to campus is part of what makes this better than the light touch approach of a MOOC. I'd argue that although synchronous lectures with professors are powerful, both in the small classes with datascience@berkley and in the larger classes provided by Coursera (for instance), having the opportunity to interact face to face is invaluable.

The light touch approach with MOOCs, I suspect, is what contributes to their high drop-out/non-completion rate.
ErikaMaldonado
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7/17/2013 | 5:34:06 PM
re: U.C. Berkeley Data Science Master's Program 100% Online
The one-week visit to campus is part of what makes this better than the light touch approach of a MOOC. I'd argue that although synchronous lectures with professors are powerful, both in the small classes with datascience@berkley and in the larger classes provided by Coursera (for instance), having the opportunity to interact face to face is invaluable.

The light touch approach with MOOCs, I suspect, is what contributes to their high drop-out/non-completion rate.
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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7/17/2013 | 4:43:47 PM
re: U.C. Berkeley Data Science Master's Program 100% Online
If you've read this far, the headline writers did their job by getting your attention. Yet I feel obliged to point out that the course is actually not "100% online" given that Berkeley is requiring students to fit in a one-week visit to campus, part of the "high touch" approach emphasized here in contrast with very light touch MOOCs.


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