Online education

Coursera co-founder Andrew Ng to head up Baidu’s AI team

Coursera co-founder and Stanford researcher Andrew Ng is leaving his day-to-day role at Coursera and joining Chinese search engine provider Baidu as its chief scientist. Ng is among a handful of high-profile artificial intelligence researcher to be hired by web companies int he past year.

Harvard and MIT make a compelling case for MOOCs

A new study of data from massive open online courses offered by Harvard and MIT professors paints a different — and welcome — picture of the state of online education. Completition rates might be low, the authors argue, but that’s a misleading stat.

Coursera partners with Amara for crowdsourced captioning

Lectures from Stanford, Rice, Duke, UCSF and a dozen other schools are being made freely available worldwide in dozens of languages, thanks to a partnership between online education startup Coursera and crowdsourced captioning service Amara. All of the captions are contributed by volunteers.

Coursera reaches 1 million students worldwide

Online education startup Coursera, which provides free online courses taught by professors at top universities, has attracted one million enrolled students from every country in the world. The company has raised $22 million and partners with universities including Stanford, Princeton and Duke.

Codecademy expands to server side with new Python courses

New York-based Codecademy, which offers online programming courses, said it is expanding to support server-side languages, starting with Python, which was the language most requested by users of the platform. To date, Codecademy had focused on in-browser languages like JavaScript and HTML.

Online education startups: a field guide

According to disruptive innovation expert Clayton Christensen, half of North American higher education will move online in the next ten years, followed by half of k-12 education by 2019. Here’s a guide to seven that are starting to realize that future.

Why Social Media Tools Have a Place in the Classroom

The New York Times has an interesting piece on teachers incorporating social media tools in the classroom to prompt more participation from students who might not otherwise speak up. While many criticize the practice, I think these tools have a place in classrooms.