Today’s TED Talks
Kahn Academy: Let’s use video to reinvent education. Salman Khan talks about how and why he created the remarkable Khan Academy, a carefully structured series of educational videos offering complete curricula in math and, now, other subjects. He shows the power of interactive exercises, and calls for teachers to consider flipping the traditional classroom script — give students video lectures to watch at home, and do “homework” in the classroom with the teacher available to help.
What are we’re learning from online education.
Daphne Koller is enticing top universities to put their most intriguing courses online for free — not just as a service, but as a way to research how people learn. With Coursera (cofounded by Andrew Ng), each keystroke, quiz, peer-to-peer discussion and self-graded assignment builds an unprecedented pool of data on how knowledge is processed.
Guest Curator: S. Raj Chaudhury,
Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning
What questions do these Talks raise for you?
View the articles linked under Chronicle of High Education, below. What do you think of the arguments?
Massive Open Online Courses (Wikipedia)
MOOC List – a complete list of MOOCs (free online courses) offered by the best universities and entities
Coursera – take the world’s best courses, online, for free
Chronicle of Higher Education
Science 11 October 2013
Vol. 342 no. 6155 p. 163
EDITORS’ CHOICE | EDUCATION | Learners As Teachers
Among emerging massive open online courses, the Peer 2 Peer University remains unique. This online learning platform allows members to take the dual role of learners and teachers: All members are able to create courses, which can be accessed by any online user. To understand how this peer-created, peer-led online environment sustains itself, Ahn et al. investigated how members, either as learners or teachers, engaged with open online learning available through the platform. Data describing the nature, history, and activity associated with every project within the platform showed that the Peer 2 Peer University draws a pool of over 40,000 users. However, 85% of members never engaged in the community, and only 18% of the courses were considered to be finished and thus implemented live on the platform. Although the Peer 2 Peer University users actively generate ideas to create courses, they struggle to see these courses through to completion, indicating a need to foster engagement with these teacher and learner users over time. Lack of motivation or community involvement may explain why some teachers leave their projects incomplete. Nonetheless, the data show how crowd-sourced education is useful for small groups with niche interests as well as broad audiences. – Fanny Bernardon J. Online Learn. Teach. 9, 160 (2013).
If the MOOC movement were in college, it would be time for a freshman report card. The assessment: great potential, but still in need of remedial work.
MOOCs 101: How They Work [Video 2:40]