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Before Reading or Watching Videos, Students Should Experiment First

Before Reading or Watching Videos, Students Should Experiment First

| July 17, 2013 | 17 Comments

A new Stanford study shows that students learn better when first exploring an unfamiliar idea or concept on their own, rather than reading a text or watching a video first.

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How to Help Mobile Education Go Global

How to Help Mobile Education Go Global

| February 28, 2013 | 1 Comment

For many of us, the conversation around mobile learning has shifted from asking whether mobile devices present educational opportunities to how they might best do so. From that second question, a new initiative has been launched: SMILE, the Stanford Mobile Inquiry Learning Environment, an idea, which, in practice, is almost staggeringly simple. Essentially, SMILE is […]

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What You Need to Know About MOOCs

What You Need to Know About MOOCs

| January 10, 2013 | 3 Comments

Watch How Free Online Courses Are Changing Traditional Education on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour. For those still trying to piece together all the different definitions and scenarios of a MOOC (massive open online courses), this PBS Newshour segment presents a comprehensive overview of the evolution of this phenomenon. From the financial angle, MOOC […]

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Can Free, High-Quality Education Get You A Job?

Can Free, High-Quality Education Get You A Job?

| June 12, 2012 | 16 Comments

Flickr:M.Keefe By Katrina Schwartz The sudden growth of free, top-shelf online education sites has the potential to democratize high-caliber education that’s long been reserved for only those who could afford it. But as these new sites begin to blaze a new path to the possibility of a level playing field, it’s still unclear whether taking […]

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Guide to MOOCs: Free, Quality Higher Education

Guide to MOOCs: Free, Quality Higher Education

| May 14, 2012 | 11 Comments

More and more Ivy League universities are offering free online courses. Here’s a comprehensive guide to what’s available to enterprising students.

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Is Peer Input as Important as Content for Online Learning?

Is Peer Input as Important as Content for Online Learning?

| April 24, 2012 | 3 Comments

Today, Open Education Resources (OER) industry leaders are arguing that the free content is only the starting point.

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Ivy League Poetry Professor Will Try Yelp-Style Crowd-Sourcing

Ivy League Poetry Professor Will Try Yelp-Style Crowd-Sourcing

| April 24, 2012 | 2 Comments

Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan will join Stanford in the new online venture Coursera. Two venture capitalists are investing more than $15 million in the company.

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Lessons and Legacies from Stanford’s Free Online Classes

Lessons and Legacies from Stanford’s Free Online Classes

| January 30, 2012 | 6 Comments

By Steve Henn Last year, Stanford University computer science professor Sebastian Thrun — also known as the fellow who helped build Google’s self-driving car — got together with a small group of Stanford colleagues and they impulsively decided to open their classes to the world. They would allow anyone, anywhere to attend online, take quizzes, […]

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Can 35,000 People Learn Anything from an Online Class?

Can 35,000 People Learn Anything from an Online Class?

| November 11, 2011 | 41 Comments

This summer, Stanford University announced its plans to make three of its introductory computer science classes available for free to the general public. The classes — Machine Learning, Introduction to Databases, and Introduction to Artificial Intelligence — were to be taught by Stanford faculty and held online in conjunction with the regular on campus courses […]

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Getting Students of Color Hooked on Math and Science

Getting Students of Color Hooked on Math and Science

| October 5, 2011 | 3 Comments

What will it take to keep students of color interested in becoming physicists and engineers?

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