Thursday, September 19, 2013

Education for Everyone? The Online Revolution

I posted yesterday about how university education needs to change.  Today I watched Daphne Koller's TEDtalk about top universities putting their courses online for free.    Here are some of the interesting things I took away from this talk:
  • Online students interacted with each other deeper than they did in the physical classroom
  • Peer grading is an effective strategy
  • Students are accurate at grading themselves - students know what they are learning and how they are doing
  • Universities should spend less time lecturing and more time igniting creativity, imagination and problem solving skills
  • Free online courses establish education as a human right - everyone an get the skills to make a better life for him/herself and for their families
  • Free online courses enable lifelong learning as you can learn something new anytime you want.

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