What’s New in Online Education?

Stanford Medical Interactive Learning Programs

Andrew Patterson, MD, associate professor of anesthesia at the Stanford School of Medicine wants to revolutionize the way medical students learn. In the spirit of the Khan Academy which gives online lectures on topics for free, Patterson wants medical lectures to be accessible online. He believes that if students spend their own time viewing the online lectures, they can come to class prepared to have meaningful dialogue.

The project is called, the Stanford Medical Interactive Learning Program. The point is to get the basic facts from the video so that the classroom becomes rich and interactive. Patterson feels that unprepared students basically zone out and even sometimes don’t come to class. When students watch the video before hand, they will be able to immerse themselves and group exercises by putting into practice the information they learned from the video lecture.

Online Education Startups

UniversityNow Gene Wade CEO and co-founder of UnversityNow, reports that there is an enormous demand for education around the world including about 1 million people who have joined the middle class thus creating new demands for educational opportunities. Wade believes that globally, 150 million people will seek a higher education and locally, there will be 2 million. He feels that it is unnecessary to reinvent Harvard, but rather to create an online education programs that will that works for the average person. The company wants to create a low cost accredited university that will allow students to learn at their own pace.

The other online education start ups are:

Codeacademy-online computer science classes.

Coursera-bring in classes from top-tier universities (such as Stanford and Princeton) for free.

2tor-online master’s degree programs in a range of fields such as law and nursing.

Menerva Project-calling itself the first elite American University to be launched and wants to bring a Harvard level education to the internet.

Udacity-launched by Stanford’s former AI professor and Googler Sebastian Thrun with a goal to bring high quality university classes to as many students as possible.

Udemy-with a goal of democratizing education, Udemy wants professors to create an online class for free or charge between $20 and $250 per course.

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