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? →
Stanford Artificial Intelligence class By Anne Raith Professor Sebastian Thrun has given his lecture on artificial intelligence at Stanford University more than once. He knows that a lot of students are interested in his introductory course – almost 200 students have showed up in past years. But this fall, it will be different, even for … Continue reading Stanford for Everyone: More Than 120,000 Enroll in Free Classes →
Flickr: Jeff Pearce Last year, after attending Stanford University’s Summer Institute for Entrepreneurship, one of the students came away with a pending iPhone app for an educational math game called Motion Math. Though he’d conceived of the idea before starting the program, he was able to connect with collaborators from Stanford’s School of Education, as … Continue reading New Stanford Program for Innovators →