Online Learning Update

January 31, 2012

Open Online Learning: A Revolution in Higher Education is Underway

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:08 am

by Mark J. Perry, Carpe Diem

A few days ago, I reported on how MITx could revolutionize higher education by offering free online classes along with a new benefit: credentials. Beginning this spring, students will be able to take free, online courses from MIT, and if they prove they’ve learned the materiĀ­al through an assessment, they can pay a fee and receive a certificate from MITx. In a related recent development, Felix Salmon and The Chronicle of Higher Education report this week that Stanford University professor Sebastian Thrun, who taught an online artificial intelligence course to more than 160,000 students in the fall through Stanford, has given up his tenured teaching position there to go full-time with Udacity, a new start-up firm he co-founded that offers low-cost online classes.

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