DailyDirt: The Coming Education Revolution

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Providing digitally-distributed educations isn't as scalable as it might seem. Some topics, like math, might be a bit easier to teach with YouTube-esque videos, but some subjects may need a bit more of a human touch. Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are still in the development phase, so they may one day overtake traditional classes (but not right now..). Here are a few online courses to keep an eye on to see if they rate better than "needs improvement" someday. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.
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Filed Under: big data, college, education, massively open online course, minerva, mit, mooc, online classes, sebastian thrun, students, teaching, udacity, university


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    Christopher Best (profile), 13 Jan 2014 @ 4:51pm

    $20k a year? Wat?

    Even after years and years of inflation increasing tuition costs, you could still get out of my alma mater today for around $5k/year as a full time, in-state student. And I seem to have gotten at least as good of an education as most of my coworkers.

    With that in mind, I can't understand how $20k/year for an online education is even remotely attractive.

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    G Thompson (profile), 13 Jan 2014 @ 5:44pm

    Talking about MOOCs

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