UC Berkeley's chancellor joined Sebastian Thrun, founder and CEO of Udacity, on the World Affairs Council's stage to discuss the growth of online learning and how it will affect 21st-century models of education.
Slate Magazine (blog) Harry Potter Fans Made a MOOC for Hogwarts, and You Can Enroll Now Slate Magazine (blog) The website works as a sort of cross between a MOOC (massive open online course) and an RPG (a role-playing game, like Dungeons & Dragons).
CEO of edX and MIT professor Anant Agarwal kicked off the first annual ND Digital Week on Friday with the keynote lecture entitled “Reinventing Education.” Agarwal said online education not only provides access to superb teaching where educational infrastructure is weak, but it also has the potential to improve the quality of education at existing universities. EdX,
“In many fields research has been rapidly moving into practice,” he said. “But in education, things don’t look all that different today … we really have not adapted all these ideas.
“On the edX platform, there are no lectures as such, but learning sequences: an interleaved sequence of videos and activities. This form of learning, where [the student] is not just listening to the lecture, but engaging with the material, is called active learning.”
One significant benefit of MOOCs over traditional classroom courses is that they offer the possibility to deliver personal, non-threatening, side-by-side, one-on-one education. The course presenter simply has to design it that way. I believe the huge early success of Khan Academy comes from that one factor. Khan’s pedagogic model is poor (though typical of a lot of classroom teaching) and in some instances his content is flat wrong, but his delivery is superb and he puts people at their ease. The guy has charisma, and it flows at you through the audio channel on your computer. What is more, for many people, what he offers is a lot better than they experienced, or are enduring, in a more traditional education setting. (Disclaimer: I know Sal slightly, and like him a lot, but we are not close friends.)
So, seeing what he had done well, I modeled, as best I could, the videos in my MOOC on Sal’s delivery, modified to work for more advanced, less-procedural mathematics.
New Coursera MOOC opens for Levin College of Law, joins UF's 10 others The Independent Florida Alligator The Levin College of Law opened its doors to thousands of new students from all over the world — online.
WA today How Coursera will go from a populist MOOC to a major business VentureBeat One of the leading massive open online course (MOOC) providers, Coursera took on $63 million in Series B funding last year.
I want to talk about the MOOC of one. What I mean by that is I want to talk about the development of the MOOC or the Massive Open Online Course. I'm one of the people who designed the concept originally in 2008.
MOOCs are providing institutions with a highly-accessible resource they can use to build their reputation, but the high cost of establishing them may not translate into immediate returns for the institution.
Moocs: Learning becomes a joy again Financial Times Some people finish work and go to the gym, or hit the sofa and watch TV, or compose symphonies, paint portraits, create apps, write poetry. Me, I Mooc.
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