The post jobs economy

The post-job economy
Harold Jarche,

Learn­ing may be the work in the net­work age, but that does not mean that learn­ing will get you the work. Inge De Waard dis­cuss­es this in MOOCs change edu­ca­tion, but jobs decline in a knowl­edge

2U now offers online MOOC courses from top schools for credit

2U One-Ups MOOCs, Coursera, Now Offers Online Undergrad Courses From Top Schools For Credit
Rip Empson,

Four years after it launch­ing its first grad­u­ate pro­gram with USC, 2U today has announced its foray into under­grad­u­ate edu­ca­tion through a new pro­gram called Semes­ter Online. The com­pa­ny will be pow­er­ing a vir­tu­al class­room…

Online courses challenge universities

Do online courses spell the end for the traditional university?
Carole Cadwalladr,

Publishing, music, shopping, journalism – all revolutionised by the internet. Next in line? Education. Now US academics are offering world-class tuition – free – to anyone who can log on, anywhere in the world, is this the end of campus life?


Udacity Raises $15 Million as Money Pours into Online Education

Udacity Raises $15 Million as Money Pours into Online Education

Cour­tesy of Udac­i­ty

Udac­i­ty, the dig­i­tal uni­ver­si­ty co-founded by arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence and robot­ics pio­neer Sebas­t­ian Thrun, has raised $15 mil­lion, join­ing a crop of online edu­ca­tion star­tups to attract ven­ture cap­i­…

Udacity, Udemy: MOOCs disrupt conventional science and tech talent acquisition and education

English: Diagram of the typical financing cycl...
English: Diagram of the typical financing cycle for a startup company. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

MOOCs, Large Courses Open to All, Topple Campus Walls –

New Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs and startup companies such as Udacity and Udemy are turning conventional education on its head.  Udacity, a startup which is supported by Charles River Ventures,  was created by former professors at Stanford  who taught one AI course online last Fall which attracted 160,000 students n 190 countries (the original 200 who registered for the course on campus soon dwindled to 30 as most preferred online learning with simulations similar to  Khan Academy.) The professors promptly quit Stanford to start a company, noting that they “took the red” pill and “saw Wonderland” and could never go back to conventional teaching again.  Udemy, a startup with backing from the founders of Groupon is another venture. These sites will monetize students’ skills and help them get jobs by getting their permission to sell leads to recruiters. So if a recruiter is looking for the hundred best people in some geographic area that know about machine learning, that’s something they could provide, for a fee.

Experts note that in a MOOC, instead of the classroom being the center, it becomes just one node of the network of social interactions. In a classroom, when you ask a question, one student answers and the others don’t get a chance. Online, with embedded quizzes, everyone has to try to answer the questions. And if they don’t understand, they can go back and listen over and over until they do.