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As we wrote back in April, there’s no doubt that the Internet is revolutionizing education , as more and more companies continue to emerge and alter the way we learn. We’ve kept a close eye on edX , Khan Academy , Academic Earth , P2PU , Skillshare and Codecademy , and rounding out that list is Coursera , one of the youngest of the bunch, which recently raised $16 million to launch with 37 undergraduate and graduate-level courses. Now, since starting off with the likes of Princeton and Stanford, Coursera is announcing 12 new university partnerships, $3.7M in equity investments from Caltech, Penn and existing investors, and a total of 1.5M student users from 190 different countries. Update : Coursea has clarified that 1.5M refers to the number of course enrollments, and that there are currently around 680,000 registered students.
There has been a lot of buzz about the free and open Connectivism and Connective Knowledge course to be facilitated by George Siemens and Stephen Downes in September. To date, over 1,200 people have signed up for the course prompting a new label, Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), to describe this super-sized open education course. Over the weekend, George and Stephen joined the folks at EdTechTalk.com to discuss the design and facilitation of such a mega-course. Linked here is the recording of George and Stephen on EdTechTalk.com #81.