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U.S. Teams Up With Operator of Online Courses to Plan a Global Network

U.S. Teams Up With Operator of Online Courses to Plan a Global Network | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Coursera, a California-based venture that has enrolled five million students in its free online courses, announced on Thursday a partnership with the United States government to create “learning hubs” around the world where students can go to get Internet access to free courses supplemented by weekly in-person class discussions with local teachers or facilitators.

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Paula King, Ph.D.'s curator insight, November 1, 2013 5:44 PM

This looks promising. 

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Tony Bates: What’s right and what’s wrong about Coursera-style MOOCs

Tony Bates: What’s right and what’s wrong about Coursera-style MOOCs | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Daphne Koller, one of the two founders of Coursera, describes some of the key features of the Coursera MOOCs, and the lessons she has learned to date about teaching and learning from these courses. The video is well worth watching, just for this.


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This quote from Tony Bates sets an interesting stage for Koller's Ted Talk on Coursera.


"However I’m probably going to suffer the same kind of fate of the Russian female punk band, Pussy Riot, by spitting on the altar of MOOCs, but this TED talk captures for me all that is both right and wrong about the MOOCs being promoted by the elite US universities. Let me start by saying that I actually applaud Daphne Koller and her colleagues for developing massive open online MOOCs. Any attempt to make the knowledge of some of the world’s leading experts available to anyone free of charge is an excellent endeavour. If only it stopped there. What I object to is the hubris and misleading claims that are evident in this TED video. As someone once said about one of Sigmund Freud’s lectures, what is new is not true, and what is true is not new. -

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Piet Kommers's curator insight, January 27, 2013 3:36 PM

Where is the servant leadership that forsters learners to identify and stimulate ambitions?

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