A First for Udacity: Transfer Credit at a U.S. University for One of Its Courses - Technology By Katherine Mangan A Colorado university is announcing on Thursday that it will give full transfer credit to students who complete a free introductory computer-science course offered by the online-education start-up company Udacity. The announcement, by Colorado State University-Global Campus, is a milestone for the Stanford University spinoff. This is the first time a university in the United States has offered academic credit for a Udacity course, although several universities in Austria and Germany already do. The course, "Introduction to Computer Science: Building a Search Engine," teaches basic computer-science skills by having students build a Web search engine similar to Google. In order to earn the three transfer credits toward their bachelor's degrees at the Global Campus, students will need a "certificate of accomplishment" from Udacity showing they passed the course. CS101 is Udacity's first course and includes appearances by the company's co-founder, Sebastian Thrun. Mr.
Good MOOC's, Bad MOOC's - Brainstorm So I just finished a brief radio appearance (CBC) on the subject of Massive Open, Online Courses (MOOCs). The main guest was George Siemens who, with Stephen Downes, helped pioneer these courses in Canada. Even though all of the press coverage has gone to the competing Stanford edu-preneurs behind Coursera and Udacity, Siemens and Downes have done much of the most important work, theoretical and practical, distinguishing between good and bad MOOC’s. At the heart of the work of Siemens and Downes is connectedness. Good MOOC’s, in their view, foreground and sustain the social dimension of learning and active practices, i.e., knowledge production rather than knowledge consumption. So what’s the rub? This will be driven by the business model of operations like Coursera, which unlike its competitors doesn’t generate proprietary content. a) Charging for certification and testing. b) Vending of tutorial services, translations, facilitation of small-group discussion and peer learning, etc.
La salle de classe planétaire LE MONDE | • Mis à jour le | Par Flore Vasseur Daphne Koller a une dent contre l'école. Enfant, cette Israélienne veut découvrir les équations du troisième degré et la danse, l'histoire de la Grèce antique et la poésie. Daphne commence par devenir professeur. Devenue l'une des enseignantes les mieux notées de l'un des campus les plus réputés, l'ennui revient pourtant : "Passer ma vie à aller dans la même salle de classe, faire la même leçon, raconter les mêmes blagues, au même moment..., ce n'est pas une bonne utilisation de mon temps ni de celui des élèves." Lors d'une conférence au Google Education Summit, cette petite brune à l'énergie adolescente assiste à une présentation de YouTube sur l'éducation. C'est le concept de "flip education", le renversement des tempos et la revalorisation du professeur. Au même moment, à l'automne 2011, son collègue Andrew Ng met en ligne de façon gratuite un cursus entier (10 semaines) de Stanford sur l'intelligence artificielle.
Google To Launch “For Everyone” Ad Campaign Around New Chromebooks, Expands Best Buy Partnership To 500 Stores When Google announced the new $249 Chromebooks from Samsung this morning, the big message was that these computers are “for everyone.” If that sounds like a marketing slogan, well, that’s exactly what it is — Chrome and Apps Senior Vice President Sundar Pichai said Google is launching an ad campaign around that theme, starting with TV spots that should air tonight. This will actually be Google’s first big marketing push for the Chromebook, he said. Pichai compared the situation to the launch of Chrome, where Google waited until the team felt it was “really ready for the mainstream,” which meant that the first real ad campaign ran about year after Chrome first became available. You can see the first “For Everyone” ad below. The company will also be expanding its brick-and-mortar retail efforts. The new Chromebook will also be available for order online as well, of course, including in the Google Play store.
Professor Leaves Teaching Post at Stanford, Hoping to Reach 500,000 at Online Start-Up - Technology By Nick DeSantis A Stanford University professor who made headlines this past fall by teaching an online artificial-intelligence course to more than 160,000 students has left his teaching post at the university to seek an even bigger audience. The professor, Sebastian Thrun, announced last week that he would teach free online courses through a company he co-founded instead, with the goal of reaching half a million students at once. The leap to the commercial sector may have been his plan all along: He gave up tenure in April to continue working for Google, where he helped create a driverless car. The professor-turned-commercial-educator is now betting that students will try free courses that teach in-demand skills on flexible schedules—even if the courses are not affiliated with a prestigious university, and their work doesn't earn them a degree. Mr. Mr. Starting in late February, Mr. "I think a lot of classroom teaching is empowering the professors," he said. Will Students Come?
4 MOOC's and How They Work - Online Learning October 1, 2012 Amanda L. Smith, Avery Photo Joe Alfonso, a financial adviser from Oregon, is taking the online finance course as a "refresher." Enlarge Image By Ben Gose Sit down at your computer for the opening lecture in Gad Allon's "Operations Management" course, and the first thing you notice is that the professor is looking off at an angle. Gautam Kaul's "Introduction to Finance" course goes for a different feel. L'e-learning est-il l'avenir de l'éducation ? Suivre et apprendre un cours en ligne, une expérience que vous avez peut-être déjà tentée ? En l'espace de quelques années, Internet a multiplié les possibilités d'apprendre à distance. À l'heure où le gouvernement veut refonder l'école, l'enseignement en ligne s'impose comme un nouvel usage à prendre en considération. Souvent perçu comme un outil permettant un meilleur apprentissage, l'e-learning fait désormais partie de la palette pédagogique, mais certains craignent de voir les professeurs remplacés par des écrans. Pour répondre à cette question, nous avons contacté seize experts dont vous pouvez retrouver les contributions ici avant de découvrir notre synthèse ci-dessous. > Les vertus de l'e-learning « Comme ailleurs, l'informatique a fait sortir l'enseignement du taylorisme, a libéré les enseignants de la nécessité de répéter chaque année les mêmes choses et leur a permis d'accéder à des fonctions plus intéressantes. » > L'e-learning, sujet de recherche > E-learning & concurrence
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Google Releases Open-Source Online-Education Software - Wired Campus Google has taken what its officials call an “experimental first step” into online education, releasing open-source software called Course Builder in hopes that universities will use it to deliver free online courses. The search giant says it is in talks with edX—a partnership among Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of California at Berkeley to offer free online courses—though officials declined to comment further. A post on Google’s research blog this week also cited nine universities interested in using the platform, including Stanford University. “We’ve been in touch with a number of universities, and I think it’s a confusing time or an exciting time,” said Peter Norvig, Google’s director of research, in an interview with The Chronicle late Wednesday. “We’re close with Stanford—Coursera and Udacity both came out of Stanford. Mr.
MOOCs: a massive opportunity for higher education, or digital hype? | Higher Education Network | Guardian Professional iTunesU is one of a few non-university sources of excellent and free video lectures from eminent authorities. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/REUTERS MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are the latest addition to the acronym-bound lexicon of higher education, and quite possibly the most significant of them all. They represent a new generation of online education, freely accessible on the internet and geared towards very large student numbers. Over recent months we have seen a remarkable spate of major MOOC ventures from top-ranked universities including MIT, Harvard, Princeton and Berkeley, offering free access to lectures and courses sourced from world leaders in their fields. The phenomenon has been likened by the president of Stanford University to "a digital tsunami", threatening to sweep aside conventional university education. MOOCs are not entirely new. Major new players include Coursera, Udacity edX, Minerva, Khan Institute, Straightline and the University of the People.