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MOOCs and Engineering

I guess it shouldn’t be surprising that the world of MOOCs seems so bound up with the world of engineering and technology, especially computer science. After all, the first online classes that went massive to the tune of 100,000+ participants were computer science courses from Stanford, with the teachers of those courses going on to found […]

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Interview with the edX/HarvardX Greek Hero MOOC Team

This week, we’re joined by the team behind The Ancient Greek Hero, one of Harvard’s longest-running classes which has become one of the most talked about MOOCs on the Internet. Students enrolled in this edX class will recognize Professor Greg Nagy and his colleagues Leonard Muellner, Claudia Filos and Jeff Emanuel, a subset of a […]

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Interview with edX President Anant Agarwal

I’m happy to provide Degree of Freedom readers with their first taste of multimedia at the site: an audio recording of an interview with edX President Anant Agarwal. I had the great pleasure of talking to Anant a day before edX’s first anniversary where he shared a number of insights into edX’s involvement in and […]

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The MOOC Gorilla

When I started an economic discussion of MOOCs and what they’re worth, I anticipated someone would bring up the two-ton-ape economic controversy surrounding free online college-level courses: their impact on the traditional academy. I didn’t anticipate that this would coincide with yesterday’s story regarding the high-profile refusal of the Philosophy Department at San Jose University […]

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MOOC Providers – Udacity

Whenever MOOCs get mentioned in the media, the “Big Three” names always invoked are Coursera (reviewed on Monday), edX (which we explored yesterday) and Udacity, the third big player in this space which I’d like to take a look at today. Like Coursera, Udacity was founded by players in the original Stanford experiment in massive […]

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MOOC Providers – edX

When the number of people enrolling in Stanford’s original experiment in free online learning exceeded expectations by an order of magnitude, educators, the media and policy makers took notice.  But when Harvard and MIT each contributed $30 million to create the online learning non-profit edX (which I’ve been inadvertently calling EdX until now), it was […]

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MOOC Providers – Coursera

This week, I’d like to focus on sources for free learning, starting with the “Big Three” providers who tend to get brought up in any news piece or discussion of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): Coursera, EdX and Udacity. All three grew out of the original Stanford University experiment in open learning that made news, […]

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MOOC Components – The Lecture

This week, I’ll be taking a look at how different free-learning alternatives deal with the five most crucial components of a formal educational experience, including: Lectures Homework Reading Discussion Assessment While this discussion will include general observations about each of these elements, I will also use some of the classes I’m enrolled in to illustrate […]

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My Freshman Year Lineup

So far, I’ve got the Degree of Freedom schedule together for all of my Freshman and most of my Sophomore year.  Junior- and Senior-year schedules are a work in progress – as (I hope) are some of the MOOC and other higher-level courses I’m going to need to complete my planned philosophy major. So here’s […]

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