Three years ago this week, Sebastian Thrun recorded his Stanford class on Artificial Intelligence, released it online to a staggering 180,000 students, and started a "revolution in higher education." Soon after, Coursera, Udacity and others promised free access to valuable content, supposedly deliv
Over the past couple of years, massive open online courses (MOOCs) have taken the academic world by storm. Despite much debate about whether the idea of running free online courses for everyone is both
Last week, I figured out that I am a part-time locust. Here's how it happened. I was picking the brain of a restauranteur for insight into things like Groupon. He confirmed what we all unders
It is two years since Coursera began offering massive open online courses (MOOCs) that threatened the very existence of Universities and the increasingly expensive education they offered. It was really
As a growing number of households gain access to the Web, bridging the digital divide, Gov. Jerry Brown has rightfully seen online education as a key strategy
Dramatic expansion of access for underserved students is one of the most widely touted promises of online higher education. The thinking is reasonable ...
di Andrea Patassini Mi ricordo le lezioni di matematica ai tempi delle scuole medie. Per il sottoscritto erano uno dei momenti più difficili della giornata. Quell'ora o quelle due ore di matematica rappresentavano un percorso tortuoso fatto di interrogazioni alla lavagna (temutissime) e spiegazioni (noiosissime). Poi c'erano da fare i compiti a casa perché le
INNOVATION, the elixir of progress, has always cost people their jobs. In the Industrial Revolution artisan weavers were swept aside by the mechanical loom. Over the past 30 years the digital revolution has displaced many of the mid-skill jobs that underpinned 20th-century middle-class life.
When your classroom is a global one, filled with well-informed online learners, they don't cut you much slack. Hundreds of people pore over every element of your course, making well-informed and sometime
Massive open online courses (MOOCs), - online platforms offering courses and educational materials to very large numbers of people, - captured our imagination in the Fall of 2011 when, unexpectedly, a free online course in artificial intelligence given by two...
The application of big data to talent processes raises many ethical questions.
It knows how to talk about tools but is barely capable of talking about social, political, and economic systems that these tools enable...
At first blush the news out of San Jose State that the partnership with Udacity is being temporarily suspended is bad news for MOOCs. It is particularly bad news since the main reason for the suspension is poor student performance on exams. I think in the PR game there is certainly some reason to be disappointed in the failure of this first big experiment, but as someone who loves the idea of high-throughput education, I think that this is primarily a good learning experience.
DOTCOM mania was slow in coming to higher education, but now it has the venerable industry firmly in its grip. Since the launch early last year of Udacity and Coursera, two Silicon Valley start-ups offering free education through MOOCs, massive open online courses, the ivory towers of academia have been shaken to their foundations.
Foundation essay: This article on the rise of massive open online courses by Martin Weller, Professor of Educational Technology at The Open University, is part of a series marking the launch of The Conversation
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