Monthly Archives: November 2013

Academics to Udacity Founder: Told Ya (Chronicle)

In a new magazine profile of Sebastian Thrun, the Udacity founder calls his company’s massive open online courses a “lousy product” to use for educating underprepared college students. That assertion has prompted a chorus of I-told-you-sos from his critics in … Continue reading

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A Truce on the Tech Front at San Jose State (Chronicle)

Peter J. Hadreas is tapping his knuckles on the desk again. He was a jazz pianist before he was a philosophy professor here, and it’s hard to tell if the tapping is an unconscious tic or a rhetorical technique, but … Continue reading

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Massive Open Online Courses (AACU)

The authors of this issue’s featured articles take a hard look at the phenomenon of the MOOC, the hype surrounding it, and its relation to the aims and purposes of both liberal learning and democratic education. Other authors provide a … Continue reading

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Live Webcast: Undergraduate Research Symposium

Join us on Saturday, December 7 for a live webcast of the Sunoikisis Undergraduate Research Symposium. The stream will be available at rtsp://stream.chs.harvard.edu/HouseA, viewable with VLC Media Player or Quicktime. To connect via VLC, go to “File”>”Open Network” and past the link into the URL field. … Continue reading

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The King of MOOCs Abdicates the Throne (Slate)

By Rebecca Schuman Sebastian Thrun and Udacity’s “pivot” toward corporate training. Sebastian Thrun, godfather of the massive open online course, has quietly spread a plastic tarp on the floor, nudged his most famous educational invention into the center, and is … Continue reading

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The MOOC Evolution (The Weekly Wonk)

By Anya Kamenetz Time zones away from the quads of Cambridge and Palo Alto, there’s a curious educational evolution happening. Though the modern massive open online course movement (MOOCs) originated in North America, two-thirds of their users live abroad – … Continue reading

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