Day 1 of Stanford School of Ed’s (not a MOOC) 403x
That’s Roy Pea on the set of 403x. Stanford is certainly one of the hotspots of MOOC experimentation and evolution - with the runaway success of Thrun and Norvig’s AI class, Thrun’s exodus (“Having done this, I can’t teach at Stanford again…I feel like there’s a red pill and a blue pill, and you can take the blue pill and go back to your classroom and lecture your 20 students. But I’ve taken the red pill, and I’ve seen Wonderland.”) and launch of Udacity, and Coursera’s innovations like tapping the long tail and “callibrated peer-review.”
As Stanford makes clear in the 403x overview, THIS IS NOT A MOOC. But it’s certainly related. 403x - open to the public for participation and no credit - looks at the digital future of education and asks some big questions.
I especially enjoyed reading this statement (‘bout time someone noticed):
…the boundary between high school and college is becoming ever more fluid, to the point where it is largely symbolic and a potential impediment to positive innovation.
Course readings are here. Course session summaries will be found in the right-hand sidebar,—here’s Day 1.