MOOCs Explode

Harvard and MIT are teaming up to offer MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) in a well-funded joint venture. A good summary of their competitors is summarised in an NPR article and associated audio broadcast:

Last month, Stanford, Princeton, Berkeley, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan announced that they were working with Coursera, a Silicon Valley startup, to put more than a dozen classes online this year in subjects ranging from computer science to public health to poetry.

Earlier this year, Stanford professor Sebastian Thrun, one of the inventors of Google’s self-driving car, announced he was leaving the school to start a company called Udacity, which would hire world-class professors from leading universities to create free online classes.

I am enrolled as a student on the CS101 Intro to Comp Sci course from Coursera and the more interesting CS253 Web Apps Engineering course from Udacity. The education technology they use is an eye-opener and straightforward enough to be used by any educational institution.