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The Cassiopeia Project: Free Science Education Online

In 2008, The Cassiopeia Project began quietly publishing high-definition videos exploring in an intelligent yet digestible manner nearly every corner of the science spectrum, and releasing them online for free. With more than 100 videos to date available on iTunesU and YouTube, the project offers an invaluable resource on everything from quantum mechanics to evolution to the theory of relativity — another wonderful piece in the ever-expanding puzzle of free educational content online that is changing how we think about learning. We believe that if you can visualize it, then understanding it is not far behind.”

All the content is open-source and educators are encouraged to edit, remix and otherwise customize the footage. Download & Streaming : Open Educational Resources : Internet Archive. 12 Dozen Places To Educate Yourself Online For Free. Virtual and Artificial, but 58,000 Want Course. Khan Academy. 11 Tech Factors That Changed Education in 2011. Michael Staton is the founder of Inigral, which develops social software for student recruitment and higher education retention.

11 Tech Factors That Changed Education in 2011

Inigral recently brought on the first PRI as a venture investment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and has been named one of the top 10 innovative companies in education by Fast Company. In 2011, entrepreneurs and startup activity sprouted up everywhere. In 2011: How the Internet Revolutionized Education. As connection speeds increase and the ubiquity of the Web pervades, free education has never been so accessible.

In 2011: How the Internet Revolutionized Education

An Internet connection gives lifelong learners the tools to become autodidacts, eschewing exorbitant tuition and joining the ranks of other self-taught great thinkers in history such as Albert Einstein, Alexander Graham Bell, Paul Allen and Ernest Hemingway. Coursera Raises $16 Million To Bring Free Online Education to Millions. The Internet is revolutionizing education, as several companies and organizations disrupt the online education space including Open Yale, Open Culture, Khan Academy, Academic Earth, P2PU, Skillshare, Scitable and Skype in the Classroom.

Coursera Raises $16 Million To Bring Free Online Education to Millions

The Internet has changed how we interact with time and each other. We can be learning all the time now, whenever we want, and wherever we want. And because of that, we’re seeing explosive growth and new models in online education. For the past year, renowned Stanford University professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng have experimented with new online learning tools like videos, quizzes and peer-to-peer platforms to teach free classes to just under a million students.

In the fall of 2011, the two developed Stanford University’s first online education platform, which served two courses and had a total enrollment of 200,000. Features on Coursera include: A set of reinforcing social features is what makes Coursera different from the rest. Olly via shutterstock. The future of teaching: Difference engine: Let the games begin. Why Get a Pricey Diploma When a Badge Will Do? Virtual Schools Booming As States Mull Warnings. DENVER -- More schoolchildren than ever are taking their classes online, using technology to avoid long commutes to school, add courses they wouldn't otherwise be able to take – and save their school districts money.

Virtual Schools Booming As States Mull Warnings

But as states pour money into virtual classrooms, with an estimated 200,000 virtual K-12 students in 40 states from Washington to Wisconsin, educators are raising questions about online learning. States are taking halting steps to increase oversight, but regulation isn't moving nearly as fast as the virtual school boom. The online school debate pits traditional education backers, often teachers' unions, against lawmakers tempted by the promise of cheaper online schools and school-choice advocates who believe private companies will apply cutting-edge technology to education. Is online education as good as face-to-face teaching? Virtual education companies tout a 2009 research review conducted for the U.S. Still, virtual schooling at the K-12 level is booming.

4 Reasons Your Brain Loves to Learn Online. Are we offloading our brains onto the web?

4 Reasons Your Brain Loves to Learn Online

Are programs better than teachers at knowing what we know? Do virtual badges motivate more than grades? What is it about cartoon foxes that helps us learn to code? As you can read in our piece “How the Internet Revolutionized Education”, we’ve been tracking on-line education closely for some time now– talking to experts and keeping tabs on an industry that’s exploding as predicted. Over here at the science desk, recent developments on the learning brain are meshing with what we already know of the web’s power to teach. We’ve analyzed here four different special powers of online teaching that make brains very happy. 1) Memory: This is your brain on-line. Youtube EDU. Technophilia: Get a free college education online. The Stanford Education Experiment Could Change Higher Learning Forever.

Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig in the basement of Thrun's guesthouse, where they record class videos.Photo: Sam Comen Stanford doesn’t want me.

The Stanford Education Experiment Could Change Higher Learning Forever

I can say that because it’s a documented fact: I was once denied admission in writing. I took my last math class back in high school. Which probably explains why this quiz on how to get a computer to calculate an ideal itinerary is making my brain hurt. I’m staring at a crude map of Romania on my MacBook. Last fall, the university in the heart of Silicon Valley did something it had never done before: It opened up three classes, including CS221, to anyone with a web connection. People around the world have gone crazy for this opportunity. Stanford Professors Launch Online University Coursera - Liz Gannes. There seems to be something in the water at Stanford University that’s making faculty members leave their more-than-perfectly-good jobs and go teach online.

Stanford Professors Launch Online University Coursera - Liz Gannes

Coursera co-founders Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller Stanford computer science professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng are on leave to launch Coursera, which will offer university classes for free online, in partnership with top schools. Mountain View, Calif. -based Coursera is backed with $16 million in funding led by John Doerr at Kleiner Perkins and Scott Sandell at NEA. Stanford Opens Seven New Online Courses for Enrollment (Free) Top Schools from Berkeley to Yale Now Offer Free Online Courses. On average, it will cost $55,600 to attend Princeton, Penn, Michigan or Stanford next year.

Top Schools from Berkeley to Yale Now Offer Free Online Courses

But now you can enroll in online courses at all four universities online for free. The universities won't just be posting lectures online like MIT's OpenCourseWare project, Yale’s Open Yale Courses and the University of California at Berkeley’s Webcast. YaleCourses.