Stanford prof founds online university

A friend sent me this story from The Chronicle for Higher Education. A Stanford professor (also a “Google Fellow”) has left his tenured position to found an online university, along with another professor from the University of Virginia. It looks like the first courses are in the computer sciences and apparently they are delivering technical expertise on programming robotic cars and building your own search engine.

While we are all grappling with ways to use the expanding array of online educational technologies, I wonder how their video-oriented method would work for courses that combine cultural theory with critical thinking. I look forward to comments from SCT faculty members.

Here is a link to the site for the university, called Udacity.

 

 

Free Web Seminar, Tuesday December 6th: Meet Google OpenClass

There is another shakeup in the LMS (Learning Management System) community taking place – Google and Pearson have joined forces to launch OpenClass, a free LMS. Whilst there is already a free (open source LMS) with Moodle, the collaboration between Google and Pearson is definitely one to take a look at.

To register for “Meet OpenClass” webinar, go to this link: http://bit.ly/s5uvwf

The webinar takes place on:
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
2:00 p.m. Eastern Time

OpenClass. Open to everyone. Easy to use. Completely free. Amazing.
Learn how you can use OpenClass to drive education forward.

This webinar is sponsored by Pearson Learning Technologies and hosted by The Chronicle of Higher Education. All content presented during the event is provided by Pearson.

Webinar Speaker

Adrian Sannier, Senior VP of Product, Pearson Learning Technologies
Adrian Sannier is the Senior Vice President of Product at Pearson Learning Technologies. Pearson is the world’s largest educational technology company. Prior to joining Pearson, Dr. Sannier was the University Technology Officer at Arizona State University.

Webinar Host
Mark Walston

Mark Walston is a veteran communications professional with a 20-year history researching and reporting on higher education, with a focus on information technology. Former president and CEO of Concept Foundry, he has created award-winning integrated communications campaigns for universities and colleges across America — and for industry leading IT corporations that serve higher education.

Mark recently interviewed college and university CIOs and other senior officers for a series of best practice case studies on database management and enterprise software. Mark also authored an Information Technology Forum advertorial series published in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
OpenClass: 

  • is a dynamic, scalable, fully cloud-based solution that stimulates social learning and the exchange of content, coursework, and ideas – all within the Google Apps for Education Platform
  • leverages modern social technology to encourage collaboration and communication for students and faculty.
  • features an idea exchange that makes  it easy to find and share the latest approaches, content, and curriculum.
  • puts the focus on learning, not on technology, to improve the way teachers teach and students learn.
OpenClass is now available in BETA and can be fully integrated into our Google Apps system at Temple University if we choose to adopt it.

Google to launch OpenClass

Yesterday I was listening to NPR in the background while at home grading midterms and I heard about OpenClass and how Google was teaming up with Pearson for its launch. This is very exciting. OpenClass will launch (date TBA) through Google Apps for Education and will compete with Blackboard. It will be a course-management system with advanced social networking and community-building, and an open architecture that will allow instructors to import whatever material they want, from e-books to YouTube videos.

Take a look at this article posted in the Chronicle titled, “Pearson and Google Jump Into Learning Management With a New, Free System”.