Coursera is one of the biggest (open) online education suppliers - with high quality courses in the arts, humanities, technology, and fundamental science.
Letting hundreds of students think about real-world solutions (and have them peer-review those) is a win-win situation: students are more motivated to work on real problems, and companies get their hands on the top-rated solutions.
Of course, InnoCentive can be any other ideagora or platform for freelance projects like Guru.com or just by including real-world problems.
Likewise, Coursera can be another online educational supplier like Udacity or a smaller one.
Sramana: How does the money flow in all of this? Who is paying whom, and what are they paying for?
Anant Agarwal: We are a nonprofit, but we must be self-sustaining. At this point certificates are free, but we are exploring an option for paid certificates. Students need to pay to take exams at Pearson’s centers, and we should be able to get some of that fee to offset our costs. That is our equivalent of a B2C model.
Last week, in the train, I digested the 40 page report by Stephen Downes on the “Future of Online Learning” (original blog post, download PDF or Word here). He wrote similar report 10 years ago, which you can find here.
You can read the index and scroll through the embedded document below. Below it I have pointed out the stuff I find interesting…
Downes - Future of Online Learning 2008
Alright, cool stuff around the corner. Next week the Open and Free Online Course on Connectivism and Connective Knowledge will start. There are participants from all over the world, but very little from Asia or Africa (see map below)…
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Finally, I did it. I finished my thesis on the Future of Delft Open Courseware. My grade was an 8 (out of 10), and I am very pleased with this result. I hope the report can and will be used not only by my university, but that it can help other institutes that are currently involved in Open Courseware or Open Educational Resources as well. I will present a paper about this research at ED-Media in Vienna in June.
link to report