Massive Open Online Classes and the Future of EDU

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HackEducation‘s Audrey Watters and Philipp Schmidt, co-founder of P2PU join us to discuss the ever emerging role of massive open online classes in education. Hyped by many as the torch for democratizing education, we delve into the reality of how MOOCs really work, including varying delivery models, as well as clarifying who their primary users are today.

Going way beyond such usual suspects as MITx and Stanford, we discuss scalable open courses, technology based-assessment, and ultimately what needs to be done to truly democratize education after all.

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  • Mgozaydin

    Thanks Seth :
    I do not admire regular OER.
    But I concluded that ONLINE should be done by the owner of wealth of knowledge schools such as MIT, Stanford and yale may be Harvard+Princeton+Cornell
    That is more than enough .
    1.- These schools have the treasure of knowledge unbeatable in the world
    2.- MITx provides credentials, eventually some kind of diploma
    3.- It is free but a small charge for exams . That is good. Even with a small charge of $ 10 per course can bring billions of dollars . It is good for sustainability .
    4.- It is for the whole world
    5.- MITx first course is being attended by 100,000 students in the world . I expect 100,000,000 students in 5-6 years . MIT IOCW is being followed by 120,000,000 now in the world .
    6.- So only 5-6 ivy league colleges would be enough for the world .

    Let us support MITx and Stanfordx .

  • Mgozaydin

    Some more comments:
    1.- MITx + Stanfordx and others fulfill the need for  GOLDEN SCHOOLS
    2.- But we need SILVER  and BRONZ Schools too . Not everybody can go to MIT .
    3.- So I encourage University Illinois, University of Michigan, Upennn, to be the SILVER Online Schools
    4.-  I do not dare to name for BRONZ schools. But they should know themselves .

    At the end 10-15 schools is good enough for the whole world with mass online.
    Meanwhile universities can work on  teaching  on the local language too. Automated translation is so advanced it does not cost too much to translate to any language .

    The CREDIT USA  can win in the world is enourmous , great, really great .

    • Anonymous

      Great feedback! The point about MOOCs and the US role in world education is a really great one. I don’t believe we brought that up in the show at all, so thanks for making sure that’s part of the conversation.

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