For many of us, the conversation around mobile learning has shifted from asking whether mobile devices present educational opportunities to how they might best do so. From that second question, a new initiative has been launched: SMILE, the Stanford Mobile Inquiry Learning Environment, an idea, which, in practice, is almost staggeringly simple. Essentially, SMILE is … Continue reading How to Help Mobile Education Go Global →
Watch How Free Online Courses Are Changing Traditional Education on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour. For those still trying to piece together all the different definitions and scenarios of a MOOC (massive open online courses), this PBS Newshour segment presents a comprehensive overview of the evolution of this phenomenon. From the financial angle, MOOC … Continue reading What You Need to Know About MOOCs →
Flickr:M.Keefe By Katrina Schwartz The sudden growth of free, top-shelf online education sites has the potential to democratize high-caliber education that’s long been reserved for only those who could afford it. But as these new sites begin to blaze a new path to the possibility of a level playing field, it’s still unclear whether taking … Continue reading Can Free, High-Quality Education Get You A Job? →
Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan will join Stanford in the new online venture Coursera. Two venture capitalists are investing more than $15 million in the company.
By Steve Henn Last year, Stanford University computer science professor Sebastian Thrun — also known as the fellow who helped build Google’s self-driving car — got together with a small group of Stanford colleagues and they impulsively decided to open their classes to the world. They would allow anyone, anywhere to attend online, take quizzes, … Continue reading Lessons and Legacies from Stanford’s Free Online Classes →
This summer, Stanford University announced its plans to make three of its introductory computer science classes available for free to the general public. The classes — Machine Learning, Introduction to Databases, and Introduction to Artificial Intelligence — were to be taught by Stanford faculty and held online in conjunction with the regular on campus courses … Continue reading Can 35,000 People Learn Anything from an Online Class? →