Future of Higher Education Becomes Unclear As Free Online Courses Multiply

A quick interview by the New York Times with Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng of Stanford–makers of the COURSERA platform–are adding 12 universities to  the online education venture they founded.

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How could free massive open online courses, or MOOCs, benefit or be detrimental to society at large?

WHAT are MOOCs?
WHAT company recently announced that a dozen major research universities have joined forces with it to help expand and enhance online learning?
WHAT technological advances are expected to allow MOOCs to open higher education to hundreds of millions of people?

WHO are the founders of Coursera?

WHERE did a free online artificial intelligence course attract 160,000 students from 190 countries last year?
WHERE do two-thirds of Coursera’s students hail from?

HOW many students did Coursera register with its original partners?
HOW, for the most part, do the MOOCs function for students?
HOW do you think MOOCs could benefit society at large, and HOW could they be detrimental?

WHY did Richard A. DeMillo, the director of the Center for 21st Century Universities at Georgia Tech, refer to this recent expansion in online learning as a “tsunami”?
WHY are grading and online cheating especially problematic for MOOCs?

WHEN have you or someone you know taken an online course?

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A long-time technology enthusiast who, in the mid 80's, thought the internet might be something that would catch-on, so he taught himself programming. That started him on a very satisfying road as a course developer, trainer, online teacher and elearning evangelist. Thirty years later, he fancies himself to be a "futurist" and "thought leader".... those thoughts are more about learning that doesn't involve expensive technology and a vision of the future that makes education more critical than ever! More information at: http://kevincorbett.com/who-is-kevin-corbett/