FANTASY AND EDUCATION OF THE TIME – MOOC

The tectonic shift due to MOOCs has disrupted Higher Education and Universities. How would new models of higher education (HE) be based on?

Ever thought about fantasy in education, where higher education is offered free to anyone around the world?  MOOC: how-coursera-free-online-education-service-will-school-us-all tells the story.

Coursera’s mission is simple and yet absurdly grand: to teach millions of people around the world for free, while also transforming how top universities teach.

And their business model? Well, they haven’t quite figured that part out yet.

If MOOCs are run and managed under social entrepreneurship, then I wonder what MOOC would look like?  Radical social entrepreneurship sounds innovative and disruptive, when applied to education.  Such MOOCs have now developed into an opportunistic venture, where social, entrepreneurship and online learning are all blended under an elitist education brand icon.

After all, the literature of entrepreneurship has long established the notion of “co-creation.” Social entrepreneurship has taken this idea to new lengths as can been seen here and here.

Can we call MOOC the fantasy and education of the time?

The Course Catalog Of The Future

Take these classes online–most for free–from professors at top universities

Coursera

coursera.org
Founders: Daphne Koller of Stanford and Andrew Ng of Stanford and Google
Founded: April 2012
Funding: $16 million from New Enterprise Associates and Kleiner Perkins
Enrollment: More than 100,000 in the first courses
Format: Short videos, quizzes and problem sets with immediate feedback, and a Q&A forum.
Topics: The fullest selection, from poetry to probability.
Cost: Free for now.
Sample course: Model Thinking, an interdisciplinary social-science course by Scott E. Page, a professor of complex systems, computer science, and economics at the University of Michigan.

EDX

edxonline.org
Founder: Anant Agarwal of MIT
Founded: April 2012
Funding: $60 million in pledges from Harvard and MIT
Enrollment: 100,000 in the first course
Format: Short videos, problem sets, a forum, wiki, and Facebook study groups. Some neat features built by volunteers, like a graphic that shows your cumulative homework scores.
Topics: They pledge to offer humanities as well as the sciences.
Cost: Free, with plans to charge for certifications.
Sample course: MIT 6.002x, Circuits and Electronics, taught by Agarwal, Gerald Sussman, and Piotr Mitros of MIT, an entry-level electrical engineering course.

Minerva Project

minervaproject.com
Founder: Ben Nelson, former CEO of Snapfish
Founded: April 2012; launching 2014
Funding: $25 million from Benchmark Capital
Enrollment: N/A
Format: Pre-recorded video lectures and live video chat with classmates and discussion leaders.
Topics: Comprehensive–arts and sciences
Cost: Up to $20,000 a year for tuition.
Sample course: As an undergraduate at Wharton, Nelson designed an interdisciplinary class that had undergraduates work in groups to review the scientific literature on obesity.

Udacity

udacity.com
Founders: Sebastian Thrun of Google and Stanford and Peter Norvig of Stanford
Founded: January 2012
Funding: $5 million from Charles River Ventures
Enrollment: 100,000 in the first course
Format: Short videos, quizzes and problem sets, a wiki and forum, and a live course manager like a TA. Courses are organized by level with links to suggested prerequisites.
Topics: Focus on computer science, with a few other science and math topics.
Cost: Free for now. Eventually, perhaps $100 in tuition for a master’s degree.
Sample course: CS373, Artificial Intelligence for Robotics, aka “Programming a Robotic Car.” Prerequisites include knowledge of Python, probability, and linear algebra.

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