Online Learning Update

November 17, 2013

Would You Take an Online Class With a Celebrity?

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:09 am

by Jen Hubley Luckwaldt, PayScale

Online classes are a great way to add skills to your resume without dealing with the hassle of commuting and sitting in a classroom, and everyone loves celebrities (or at least, pays too much attention to them). So why not combine the two, and take online classes from your favorite stars? It’s not as crazy an idea as it sounds. Jeffrey R. Young, author of Beyond the MOOC Hype: A Guide to Higher Education’s High-Tech Disruption, spoke with several executives at companies that produce massive open online classes (MOOC), which offer thousands of students at a time the chance to learn from professors at top colleges. Or, occasionally, the chance to learn from those professors’ more photogenic colleagues.

“All our instructors are knowledgeable in the subject area,” Udacity founder Sebastian Thrun tells Young. “However, we often rely on teams of people to produce a MOOC, and often the individuals who show up on tape are not the primary instructor who composes the materials.

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