Online Learning Update

March 30, 2012

Getting a Free Education, in Huge Online Classes

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

by Voice of America

A class with tens or even hundreds of thousands of students might sound like a teacher’s bad dream. But a big idea in higher education these days is the massive open online course, or MOOC. Some universities offer free, non-credit MOOCs available to anyone in the world. Others charge for courses and provide credits. The idea is still developing. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently started its first MOOC. The school plans to offer many free, non-credit courses through a project called MITx. So far, most massive open online courses are in computer science, technology, mechanics and engineering. For example, students around the world are taking a free course called “Building a Computer Search Engine.” Two computer scientists, Sebastian Thrun and David Evans, are offering this course through

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