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Stanford University does a MOOC

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!


  1. Technology is empowering the potential for creating personal learning environments. The purposeful collection of content such as Stanford’s Artificial Intelligence course shows the potential for living content, much like this blog, that evolves over time to teach the world through constructive learning rather than captured and distributed learning. John

    Sunday, August 7, 2011 at 7:39 am | Permalink
  2. Dahyna Trejo wrote:

    is great idea for people who can t travel.

    Monday, August 8, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Permalink
  3. Ted Wall wrote:

    I am delighted to note that you will be offering a course on educational change. I look forward to participating in it as I believe the topic is of crucial importance to educators at all levels of the education system including those in the informal learning sector. I am especially pleased that it is open to people from many different countries. I am sure that we will find it a rewarding experience. Thanks for offering me the opportunity to learn with you.

    Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Permalink
  4. Daniel Delmanto wrote:

    I’m from Brazil and although I’ve already attended on distance education courses in my country, both as student and as a teacher, MOOCs is a new subject for me. So, I would be very happy if someone could help me with these doubts: 1) What kind of social medias are used? The “common” ones as Facebook, Youtube etc. or specific ones provided by the institution; 2) If the features are not the common but the ones offered by the institution, is there any kind of basic content involved to train students to use these features? Thank you very much.

    Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Permalink