I love this! Stanford University Artificial Intelligence is being offered as an open online course. I’ve been involved in numerous massive open online courses (MOOCs) – they’ve been wonderful personal learning experiences. MOOCs are great opportunities to connect with colleagues from around the world and develop a broad understanding of topics from diverse perspectives. Our goal, since CCK08, has been to do for teaching and learning what MIT did for content.
(We are offering a fall open course on change in education).
Why is the Stanford course an important development? Well, first, it reflects the logical next stage of education and openness: as the course authors state in their intro video, “we want to teach the world”. Second, education is ripe for change and transformation and alternative models, that take advantage of global connectedness, are important to explore. Third, when traditional universities such as U of Illinois (eduMOOC) and now Stanford start opening up courses, it’s reasonable to expect that we’ll be seeing more of these in the next several years. Finally, learning in a global cohort is an outstanding experience – networking on steroids!