Here is a list of courses(43 total, 28 new) that start in September : https://plus.google.com/107809899089663019971/posts/4nundLE1...
* 123 coursera courses from some of the best universities in the world in the next year: https://www.coursera.org/courses
* 14 Udacity classes: http://www.udacity.com/
* 6 edX courses from Harvard, MIT and Berkeley: https://www.edx.org/
Education is changing. About time.
Certification / getting a top-level university degree is unfortunately something completely different.
Splitting those two is part of the business model of all the participating universities.
Nevertheless these changes might provide the possibility for more people who want to learn (and have the abilities) to get discovered and so finally also get access to certification.
On another front, the first traditional school has decided to award credit for a Udacity class, if the student takes a proctored test. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/07/education/colorado-state-t...
We're just about a year out from that first Thrun/Norvig Stanford AI class. Things have moved very quickly when you put it in that perspective.
But a good portion of the courses (that frequently happen to be taught by TAs, not professors, anyways) belong online. One finicky part at the moment is testing, which relies on honor code, so there might be a move towards professional-level testing, the type you see for major exams (GRE, TOEFL) as well as professional certifications. Since most of the testing facilities charge money, it will probably provide a good reason for universities to charge for credits as well - you can still view the course for free, but to pass a series of tests and get credit you would have to pay.
Yes you can. I would put you very close to the front of the line for my group (data science) if you told me you self-taught yourself ML using Ng's classes and could show me some samples on GitHub.
If the result is good , it'll warm some workplaces to online courses.
Another path is using the fact that graduates of online courses can achieve a specific learning goal much cheaper and much shorter(in some jobs people don't need a full degree , only some courses). This opens a path for cheaper employees for companies and a solution for the talent crunch. Maybe some more venturesome companies will start using it. And the word will get out and it will become more common.
Exactly how? So a bunch of "courses" (i.e. video lectures and PDFs and web pages) are put online. How is this a big deal? The University of Illinois offered complete courses online, for full credit, in the 1960s. By the early 80s, thousands and thousands of students were taking online courses at Illinois.
How is this throw-a-video-lecture-on-YouTube progress again?
I haven't heard about the online Illinois courses before, sorry. Were they free? Were they truly massive? Were they offered to anyone, even to highschool students or unemployed bartenders in Uganda?
And even if these courses aren't truly innovating, the point is they're making MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) popular and available to millions of people.
I'm a highschool student from Greece. In the last year, I've learned AI, ML, NLP (although my performance wasn't good enough to get a certificate from this class), SaaS and Algorithms through MOOCs. All these from some of the world's best professors. I even was a community TA in the second offering of the SaaS class because of my performance in the first offering. Coursera (I've only taken one udacity class, and edX is new) is changing my life.
Please answer honestly: Could I do these things 2 years ago?
In this sense, education is changing.
In fact it's not even about course credit. It's free. People from Africa, South America, India, China and so forth are getting access to professors at Ivy League universities.
That's a big deal in my book!
Yes, One professor can throw some videos on youtube, but this is a structured environment to bring full courses to students. And more importantly, it's a 'hot' idea right now, it seems professors left and right are coming out of the woodworks to join in.
So yes, education is certainly changing. It's hard to say where to exactly, but something is stirring - and I think it's good.
> People from Africa, South America, India, China and so
> forth are getting access to professors at Ivy League
There is a huge difference between taping lectures and 'throwing them on youtube' and offering a comprehensive package that is specifically tailored for online learning use only. And that is definitely the direction we seem to be in now, and I for one am very exited about.
I think the big next question is how this will affect the institutions as we know it. We are already borderline on accepting certificates from these courses.
As the quality and the number of courses increases you get an incentive not to enroll in an expensive program, or competition from more people who got a similar education for free.
I can see the khan angle to better the world for everybody, but I wouldn't be surprised if the next coursera generation costs money.
Someone involved in higher education in poorer countries could utilize these courses as a base material, and have local TAs grade assignments and facilitate in-class discussions.
> Exactly how?
I'll just ignore them—saw to many itching for the change without understanding what exactly the problem is.
I'm probably taking Networking and Machine Learning for credit. I'm excited that McKeown is teaching networking for the first time since I've been around (not sure if he ever did). He's done some really interesting networking research and usually teaches the more advanced networking class, which I've heard great things about.
I'll second your statement about the usefulness of these classes for people who are self-taught - I'd been trying to go back to school to get a CS degree, but working full-time and not being very close to any universities made it difficult. While I won't get an actual degree from these online courses, they have been really useful so far for filling in some gaps in my knowledge.
I can attest to the quality of Sedgewick and Wayne's lectures, and I have a lot of respect for my professor's humble and novel approach to teaching this course.
UIS is associated with UIUC, so I can't imagine the coursework is of poor quality.
You may think it's only the younger generations benefiting from this trend in education. I assure you, it is not. :)
This is just another great resource to supplement my experience. I also love taking a deeper dive on topics I think will really help in my day-to-day programming.
What was your experience like?
Also, in a class like this you really need that feedback from experienced people like professors, but the majority on feedback is just handled by other people in the class. We never got any professor feedback on our final demo and weren't invited to the demo day, so felt a bit left out by the end, even though we thought our idea and presentation was a lot better than some of the other teams.
As I understand, participating in a course will put some pressure to complete most exercises and actually finish the course. You would also get some automated submission checks and could extend CV in the end. Also courses might mention recent discoveries that didn't find their way in books yet. Is that all or I'm missing something?
Really, no comparison.
It would be sweet to get some serious Digital Electronics/VLSI and Integrated Circuits courses!
Are these qualifications the sort of thing you could include in a CV?
Being only 9 months in my first IT job it looks pretty bare right now, in need of padding.