Comments on: Udacity and the future of online universities http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/01/23/udacity-and-the-future-of-online-universities/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: TommyByrne http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/01/23/udacity-and-the-future-of-online-universities/comment-page-1/#comment-48154 Thu, 26 Sep 2013 13:34:02 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=11999#comment-48154 The new mooc wave is a boon for education. For too long too many institutions have been charging too much! I reckon the Europeans push the MOOC scence even further. iversity ( https://iversity.org/courses ), is shaking things up as well. They have 3 courses where you can get ECTS credits-credits that are interchangeable between in european universities. exciting times.

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By: dbjay417 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/01/23/udacity-and-the-future-of-online-universities/comment-page-1/#comment-42449 Tue, 07 Aug 2012 19:55:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=11999#comment-42449 I’m a high school drop out thats been wanting to continue my education for a while. I can’t afford to attend even the most affordable community colleges in my area, but while Udacity may not get me a degree, I’m happy to be learning.

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By: shihan1234 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/01/23/udacity-and-the-future-of-online-universities/comment-page-1/#comment-39821 Sun, 03 Jun 2012 11:08:04 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=11999#comment-39821 Welkom bij Rondreizen Thailand De mooiste en beste rondreizen door Thailand Individueel of als groepsreis Vergelijk en boek direct uw rondreis door Thailand online.
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By: ravishakya http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/01/23/udacity-and-the-future-of-online-universities/comment-page-1/#comment-35896 Mon, 13 Feb 2012 03:11:05 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=11999#comment-35896 I enrolled in Intro to Databases and Machine Learning programs. Those courses were outstanding, much better than the classroom courses. Definitely Prof Thrun has taken a giant step in shaping future of education. Students from around the world will benefit from these initiatives. Kudos!

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By: ncmart http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/01/23/udacity-and-the-future-of-online-universities/comment-page-1/#comment-35452 Mon, 30 Jan 2012 22:16:52 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=11999#comment-35452 No doubt this is exciting, I took AI course and am likely going to enroll in new Udacity course. I definitely think there is an important role for this kind of one-to-many self-paced online learning, particularly for subjects like Comp Sci. And the fact that it is being delivered for free or low cost will have a profound effect on higher ed.

But I am nervous about over-hyping this approach. Time and time again, high attrition rates in online learning can be traced back to social isolation. Here’s a long but great article about the pitfalls and expectations of self paced learning by Scott Grey of O’reilly School of Tech: http://blog.oreillyschool.com/…

Among other things, Scott’s article stresses the importance of mentorship and social interaction (learner -learner and facilitator to learner) in online learning environments based on two decades of facilitating online learning classes in comp sci. This is missing from the Khan Academy and Udacity Model. Thats what we’re working on at TechChange with courses like Mobiles for Int’l Development, Tech Tools for Emergency Management, and more. Check us out here: http://techchange.org

I’d love to see more universities and online learning providers find a balance between these one-to many types of self-paced learning opportunities and dynamic social learning environments for delivering online courses. As long as Blackboard is the common denominator I do worry that we wont see much innovation with the latter any time soon.

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By: scythe http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/01/23/udacity-and-the-future-of-online-universities/comment-page-1/#comment-35421 Sun, 29 Jan 2012 22:12:26 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=11999#comment-35421 @ SarwarB – one opensource textbook and journal provider is InTech ( http://www.intechweb.org/ ). Free textbooks and original research publications. Exemplary service to science and learning.

(quote) “InTech is a world leader in the provision of STM Open Access content, including books and journals. We break down the traditional barriers to becoming published and provide authors with new choices and an equal opportunity to share their ideas and the results of their research with the global scientific community.”

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By: bobbybobby http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/01/23/udacity-and-the-future-of-online-universities/comment-page-1/#comment-35334 Thu, 26 Jan 2012 01:00:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=11999#comment-35334 — “Thrun is doing this at no charge to the students, which is admirable, and life would be a lot nicer if that were a practicable way of organizing higher education. But there are real costs to doing all this, and somehow those real costs have to be covered.” —

If “this” consists of the lecturer, an RA or two, a couple techies and a business manager, and if I could take three such courses and in each be allowed the normal number of credits given for the course IRL, and the course covers, or even exceeds, what the course normally covers IRL, then (“this” X 3) yields a highly affordable and yet likely highly effective college semester.

So I think he’s covered “this”, and even “all this”. But if “this” meant Stanford campus and body and associates, yeah, that’s going to be a problem.

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By: DonCoffin http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/01/23/udacity-and-the-future-of-online-universities/comment-page-1/#comment-35331 Wed, 25 Jan 2012 23:03:32 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=11999#comment-35331 I haven’t had time to read all the comments, but I have to add this. Thrun is doing this at no charge to the students, which is admirable, and life would be a lot nicer if that were a practicable way of organizing higher education. But there are real costs to doing all this, and somehow those real costs have to be covered. Foundations and grants and donations from people who believe in the mission may go part of the way, but I sincerely doubt that this venture can continue without a firm funding base. And nothing I have read indicates what that funding base is.

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By: SilasBarta http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/01/23/udacity-and-the-future-of-online-universities/comment-page-1/#comment-35321 Wed, 25 Jan 2012 16:34:49 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=11999#comment-35321 “There were students in Afghanistan, exfiltrating war zones to grab an hour of connectivity to finish the homework assignments.”

Do you have any proof for this claim, Felix_Salmon? Any proof whatsoever?

I’m sure there were IPs hitting the course from Afghanistan. Were they the same people who were “in a war zone” and “leaving it for an hour to finish up their homework”? *Probably not*, and it’s a little irresponsible for you to claim as much without substantiation.

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By: anonstudent http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/01/23/udacity-and-the-future-of-online-universities/comment-page-1/#comment-35310 Wed, 25 Jan 2012 08:13:15 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=11999#comment-35310 So here’s the story that I’ve heard from some TAs…

There were two CS classes that collaborated with the CS Department at Stanford to put their classes online. It turned out that Sebastian Thrun decided to do the same thing, but didn’t tell anyone about it. He even recruited some of his students to develop the software for the online class system, in the hopes of turning it into a startup.

Some CS profs got upset at the way he went about it and his apparent plans of turning this model into a startup.

Check out Stanford’s online education system here http://www.cs101-class.org/hub.php

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