by Gregory Ferenstein, Venture Beat
The next frontier in higher education may be viral courses that can be completed in a single day. One of my favorite economists, Tyler Cowen of Marginal Revolution, is out with a new course on “Everyday Economics”, complete with short quizzes and eye-candy visual lectures. The one below, on the rise of human prosperity, is intellectually delicious. “For this type of material, let’s face it: We’re competing with BuzzFeed,” Alex Tabarrok told the Chronicle of Higher Education. Tabarrok is a professor at George Mason University and co-founder of Marginal Revolution University, which is offering the course. Indeed, there appears to be a trend in one-shot courses. Vocational online course provider, Udacity, has teamed up with Google to offer advanced web programming courses that can be completed in a single day.
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