Five courses from 3 universities are recommended for credit from the American Council on Education. Universities include Duke, UC Irvine and U Penn. All courses are offered through Coursera.
Friday, February 8, 2013
The New Media Consortium and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative name MOOCs as one of the top emerging technologies in higher education. Read the short list from the report here:
Detailed findings from the study are available on their wiki: http://horizon.wiki.nmc.org/
There's a lot of buzz right now over the glitches that plagued a Georgia Tech Coursera course, leading to a suspension of the class by the institution. Ironically, the title of the course was "Fundamentals of Online Education: Planning and Application." The problems involved the use of Google Docs to facilitate group work and the inability of the application to handle the large number of simultaneous users. It remains to be seen whether or not the course will resume, but this will be a valuable lesson in testing and scalability of tools used in MOOCs.
A student enrolled in the course speak out:
One of the biggest challenges facing MOOCs are the ability to incentivize users to pay for these courses in exchange for some sort of credit - either through a certificate of completion or actual college unit hours. Several institutions are experimenting with different models.
Koller and Andrew Ng are the co-founders of Coursera. The goal of Coursera is to offer courses from top-tier professors at elite universities for free to students of all backgrounds all over the world. This type of learning opportunity, called MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), has gained significant traction and is sparking big debate in the world of higher education.
An enlightening talk by computer scientist Shimon Schocken on the incredible power of self directed learning. Schocken and colleague Noam Nisan developed a course whereby students built a computer from scratch and used it to write and play games such as Pong and Tetris.
He also addresses the way that schools and collges assign grades and his beliefs on how this could be improved. There are also several math apps he is developing that target K-12 students.