Online Learning Update

July 18, 2013

Bill Gates Discusses MOOCs at Microsoft Research’s Faculty Summit

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:30 am

by Sara Grossman, Chronicle of Higher Ed

Bill Gates says that this is the “golden era” of learning, thanks to massive open online courses and easy access to information. The chairman of Microsoft gave the keynote address on Monday at Microsoft Research’s Faculty Summit, an annual event that brings together Microsoft researchers and academics from more than 200 institutions for a two-day conference in Redmond, Wash., on current issues facing computer science. At the summit, Mr. Gates told the audience that he sees enormous potential for MOOCs but cautioned that online education still faces many challenges. He also talked briefly about online education during an question-and-answer session with the audience. This will be “a global phenomenon,” he said. “We’re on the beginning of something very profound.”

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