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Jason Lee/Reuters Thirty years ago, it was a big deal when schools got their first computers. Today, it's a big deal when students get their own laptops. According to futurist Thomas Frey, in 14 years it'll be a big deal when students learn from robot teachers over the internet. It's not just because the technology will be that sophisticated, Frey says, but because the company responsible for it will be the largest of its kind.

"I've been predicting that by 2030 the largest company on the internet is going to be an education-based company that we haven't heard of yet," Frey, the senior futurist at the DaVinci Institute think tank, tells Business Insider. Frey's prediction comes amid a boom in artificial intelligence research. "Nobody has quite cracked the code for the future of education," Frey contends. CourseTalk - Find and review the best online courses and MOOCs. The Crisis in Higher Education. A hundred years ago, higher education seemed on the verge of a technological revolution.

The Crisis in Higher Education

The spread of a powerful new communication network—the modern postal system—had made it possible for universities to distribute their lessons beyond the bounds of their campuses. Anyone with a mailbox could enroll in a class. Frederick Jackson Turner, the famed University of Wisconsin historian, wrote that the “machinery” of distance learning would carry “irrigating streams of education into the arid regions” of the country. What Are MOOCs Good For? A few years ago, the most enthusiastic advocates of MOOCs believed that these “massive open online courses” stood poised to overturn the century-old model of higher education.

What Are MOOCs Good For?

Their interactive technology promised to deliver top-tier teaching from institutions like Harvard, Stanford, and MIT, not just to a few hundred students in a lecture hall on ivy-draped campuses, but free via the Internet to thousands or even millions around the world. At long last, there appeared to be a solution to the problem of “scaling up” higher education: if it were delivered more efficiently, the relentless cost increases might finally be rolled back. Some wondered whether MOOCs would merely transform the existing system or blow it up entirely. Computer scientist Sebastian Thrun, cofounder of the MOOC provider Udacity, predicted that in 50 years, 10 institutions would be responsible for delivering higher education. Then came the backlash. Class Central - Never Stop Learning.

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TEDEducation. A Technology Integrator. Free Science and Video Lectures Online! Videos from the World's Best Conferences and Events. The Great Courses. Free Courses and Resources. Open Education. MOOCs. Coding. Logic and Rhetoric. Online Course Provider Paves Path to College Credit. An increasing push for online courses with no student tuition has helped address the education access problem.

Online Course Provider Paves Path to College Credit

But it's also left a gap when it comes to course credit. Massively open online courses do not offer college credit currently for students, even though established universities create them. About. Most of the world's high aptitude students are not privileged with the resources and opportunities necessary to reach their full potential.

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Brilliant provides a challenging intellectual environment to anyone with internet access and a passion for mathematics, science, or engineering. Brilliant aims to become a hub of the world's most promising minds, where motivated thinkers can connect to each other and to opportunities to apply their talents. Brilliant is creating a community where exceptional students can learn together with others who share their deep interests and abilities, and go beyond the limits of a standard curriculum.

We believe these students, if they reach their full potential, can and will achieve breakthroughs that help the world move forward. We welcome thinkers and problem solvers of all types and ages to create an account and join our intellectual community. Kenji Ejima, Software Engineer. Degreed - The Digital Lifelong Diploma. MOOCs, Large Courses Open to All, Topple Campus Walls. Max Whittaker for The New York Times Sebastian Thrun, left, a Stanford professor, and Andy Brown, a course manager, recording in their studio in Palo Alto, Calif.

MOOCs, Large Courses Open to All, Topple Campus Walls

But this course, Building a Search Engine, is taught by two prominent computer scientists, Sebastian Thrun, a Stanford research professor and Google fellow, and David Evans, a professor on leave from the University of Virginia. The big names have been a big draw. Since Udacity, the for-profit startup running the course, opened registration on Jan. 23, more than 90,000 students have enrolled in the search-engine course and another taught by Mr. Thrun, who led the development of Google’s self-driving car. 50 Best Sources of Free STEM Education Online. Colleges, online universities, and other educational forums in your community can be excellent places to learn more about a variety of STEM topics, but there is also a wealth of educational material available on the web for those who prefer to learn at their own pace or take a more individual approach.

Even better, these resources, whether classes, lectures, or tutorials, are all free of charge, meaning you can improve your knowledge without emptying your wallet. Check out our list (organized by topic, not ranking) for some great STEM resources that can help you build your knowledge about everything from calculus to fire science. Coursera. UPDATE: we're doing a live, updated MOOC of this course at stanford-online July-2014 (not this Coursera version).

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See here: CS101 teaches the essential ideas of Computer Science for a zero-prior-experience audience. EdX. University of the People – The world’s first tuition-free online university. Open Yale Courses. Free Online Course Materials. Your Complete Guide to All Online Courses.

The Open Education Consortium. SlideRule: Find Online Courses/MOOCs. Read Reviews/Ratings. You should know these. 100 Amazing How-To Sites to Teach Yourself Anything. Learning new skills and expanding your knowledge doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg.

100 Amazing How-To Sites to Teach Yourself Anything

There are loads of free resources on the Web that can help you find instructional videos, tutorials and classes to learn a wide variety of skills from fixing basic car problems to speaking another language. With 100 sites to choose from, you’re bound to find something here that will help you learn just about anything you could want. General Tutorials These sites offer a wide range of tutorials and videos. Around the House Want to know how to fix that broken cabinet or hang up some great wallpaper? Business and Management If you feel like you’re seriously lacking on business and management skills at work, no need to worry. KnowThis? Language and Writing Those who want to learn a new language, improve their writing skills or just learn more about literature will be well-served by these instructional sites.

Technology These tech-focused sites offer help to both technophiles and beginners alike. Math. A complete list of Massive Open Online Courses (free online courses) offered by the best universities and entities. Open Culture. Khan Academy. Great Video Lessons from Great Teachers. NSW HSC Online. ShowMe - The Online Learning Community. Success in a MOOC. What You Need to Know About MOOCs - Technology. We'll be updating this page regularly.Please check back for updates.

What You Need to Know About MOOCs - Technology

Call it the year of the mega-class. Colleges and professors have rushed to try a new form of online teaching known as MOOCs—short for "massive open online courses. " The courses raise questions about the future of teaching, the value of a degree, and the effect technology will have on how colleges operate. Struggling to make sense of it all? On this page you’ll find highlights from The Chronicle's coverage of MOOCs.