Online Learning Update

April 18, 2011

A new model for online learning

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:02 am

by: WENDY LEE, Star Tribune

A Minneapolis start-up aims to take advantage of the latest Internet trends to enhance the educational experience. Students who struggle with math homework may have a devil of a time trying to get help from their parents. They could turn to the Internet, but how would they know which websites are accurate? The Minneapolis start-up Sophia hopes to provide a solution. The company, named after the Greek word for wisdom, has an online platform that allows people to upload educational videos, lectures and slide shows on topics that range from U.S. history to chemistry. Each piece of information is rated by Sophia’s users. A page gets an extra endorsement if three users who say they have master’s degrees deem it accurate.

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