from the urls-we-dig-up dept
Providing digitally-distributed educations isn’t as scalable as it might seem. Some topics, like math, might be a bit easier to teach with YouTube-esque videos, but some subjects may need a bit more of a human touch. Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are still in the development phase, so they may one day overtake traditional classes (but not right now..). Here are a few online courses to keep an eye on to see if they rate better than “needs improvement” someday.
- MIT is starting to offer a big data class online with a MOOC aimed at working professionals (that’ll be $495 for four weeks of classes, please). MIT has provided free online course materials for years, but this course is part of the first set of Online X classes. [url]
- Minerva is a “startup” university that aims to offer a quality education for less than $20,000 per year. Minerva aspires to have admission standards that are “higher than current Ivy League levels” and focuses on teaching skills rather than traditional academic subjects. [url]
- Udacity’s Sebastian Thrun knows that developing a MOOC ain’t easy, admitting “We have a lousy product.” Experiments with online classes apparently are teaching some folks what doesn’t work when it comes to teaching. [url]
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