Georgia Tech's Gil Weinberg has made music-playing robots in the past. Now he's tapped that technology to help a musician likely become the world's first drumming 'cyborg.' Read this article by Michael Franco on CNET.
"The Great Backlash against massive open online courses, better known as MOOCs, is in full swing. After an initial flurry of positive press, a firestorm of opposition has mobilized against them. MOOCs, we are told, are either a juggernaut threatening to bulldoze education's core values or an overly hyped bubble about to burst. "
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Google’s heavy involvement in the MOOC space is a clear indicator that this vertical is relevant. I assume that Google knows exactly how much interest in online education exists on a global level based on its access to search queries.
About one-fifth of undergraduate medical students in Egypt have heard about MOOCs. Students who actively participated showed a positive attitude towards the experience, but better time management skills and faster Internet connection speeds are required. Further studies are needed involving enrolled students in large representative samples, to assess their experiences using MOOCs. In addition, more effort is needed to raise awareness among students of such courses, as most students who had not heard about MOOCs did show interest in participating once they became aware of the courses.
Gily Salmon's first MOOC that she is leading, Carpe Diem - Learning Design, starts March 10, and we took the opportunity to discuss some of the differences between course design for "traditional" online learning and for MOOCs
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One statement, however, can be made without much reservations: MOOC has the potential to single handedly disrupt the academic landscape in a few years the way that all other influencers combined together have not done over the past few centuries.
Two University of Texas at Austin professors, James Pennebaker and Samuel Gosling, this week launched their introductory psychology class from a makeshift studio, with a goal of eventually enrolling 10,000 students at $550 a pop and bringing home...
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