The Rise of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC’s)
” Big Breakthroughs happen when what is suddenly possible meets what is desperately necessary.” Thomas Friedman
This week, Forbes dedicates its frontcover to Mr. Salman Khan, founder and CEO of “The Khan Academy“. The corresponding running title is impacting: “One man, One computer, Ten million students – Our $1.3 Trillion school system is ripe for revolution.” The Khan Academy, together with Coursera and a growing bunch of start-up’s are changing the rules of traditional Education. By posting free online courses (MOOC) from top US & foreign univesities, they are just reinventing the way people access education, empowering self-learning, automotivation and “flattening the world”. According to Wikipaedia, “a massive open online course (MOOC) is a type of online course aimed at large-scale participation and open access via the web. MOOCs are a recent development in the area of distance education, and a progression of the kind of open education ideals suggested byopen educational resources” (one of the Python programming course I am currently learning enrolled over 68.000 people!!!). In brief, it is Open, Participatory, Distributed and suppurts life-long networked learning.
Being an active online student at Coursera and enthousiastic evangelist of the idea, I am convinced that this phenomenon will rock traditional education practices by introducing a brand new dynamic among students/teachers and creating unprecedented business & social opportunities. In this context, I would like to share with you a great video featuring Daphne Koller, the CEO & founder of Coursera, explaining the idea behind Coursera and the magics of MOOC’s.
More about Coursera & MOOC’s:
- Computing Conversations: Daphne Koller and Coursera
- Kahn Academy in Forbes (November 2012)
- What is a MOOC? (YouTube)
- Why do I Homeschool? (Funny & engaging video by Sir Ken Robinson)
- The Rise of the MOOC: The Future of Higher Education?
- Will online learning destroy America’s colleges? (O’Reilly’s RADAR)
- nand2tetris.org: The self-organizing computer course by Shimon Schocken