Monday Morning Digest: Questioning Free Education Providers

Here are some of last week’s headlines:

The University of California at Berkeley is the third institution to join EdX, which also includes MIT and Harvard. What’s interesting about this is that UC Berkeley will not be contributing any money to EdX – instead, they will contribute technology – a new online, open source education platform.

I’m a huge fan of Audrey Watters – she very rarely jumps on any edtech bandwagon without giving the development a good look from all sides. A recent article in The Atlantic stated that the low success rates of MOOCs are “a sign of the system’s efficiency.” While many in the education space seemed to agree, in this article, Audrey questions “How do we know if students [in these massive courses] are [actually] learning?”

The Chronicle of Higher Education is helping to organize an open online course on the Current and Future State of Higher Education. The course kicks off this Fall: if you think you might be interested, be sure to check it out and register!

The Washington Post had an interesting pair of blog posts on Khan Academy. In a departure from the usual acclaim, this article examines the possible over-hype of Khan – and why there may be some pushback to the incorporation of his videos in the classroom.

Salman Khan – Founder of Khan Academy – emailed the Washington Post in response to the aforementioned article. You can read his full response in this blog post.

Over the weekend, MOOC provider Coursera held its first “meetup” in Menlo Park, CA – a cookout in which students could meet the professors and other students in person. Out of the 900,000 students registered for Coursera’s courses, about 650 made the trip.

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