[FoRK] E-Learning 2.0: Dense and entertaining

Owen Byrne owen at permafrost.net
Fri Jul 20 14:56:58 PDT 2012

On Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 02:25:45PM -0700, Stephen D. Williams wrote:
> On 7/20/12 12:47 PM, Eugen Leitl wrote:
> >On Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 01:38:19PM -0600, Tom Higgins wrote:
> >>On Wed, Jul 18, 2012 at 9:17 PM, Stephen Williams <sdw at lig.net> wrote:
> >>>Good points. I agree. Even for more traditionally feeling e-learning, there
> >>>are certain must-have features that many still don't get: Variable speed
> >>>playback (1.5x is my favorite), many short segments, easily replayable,
> >>>frequent quizzes to make sure you understood the short segment, closely
> >>>linked forum / knowledgebase, etc.
> >>I have been going thru some of the elearning offerings. most of em get
> >>a point or two right but few that I have hit on get it mostly right.
> >>Khan Academy is a stunningly great example of doing it right, for the
> >>math section at least. I have also stared toying with doing the
> >>repetitive study group vector using google hangouts.
> >Speaking about online courses, https://www.coursera.org/ shapes up
> >to be just great. Khan is not so good in places.
> I took the inaugural Machine Learning course, which was completely
> awesome.  It was just perfect.  The competing-system / company AI
> class was good, but not as effective although it had far more
> starting users (160K as you may remember, with around 39K
> completing).
> http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700221392/Stanford-professor-resigns-launches-Udacity-Free-online-university-level-computer-science.html?pg=all
> If I weren't so busy, I'd be taking as many of these as I could
> again.  As it was, I didn't have time for those two classes, but it
> had to be done.  Awesome that those pioneers shamed the university
> professors, and the system to some extent, into opening up like
> this.  2011/2012 has clearly been the year of higher education soul
> searching, among other things.
> http://www.thenation.com/blog/168538/sullivan-resignation-spotlights-debate-about-online-education#
> " massively open online courses, known colloquially as MOOCs"
> Stephen
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I also took the machine learning course, and thought the teaching method was great, but I found the programming assignments to be ludicrously easy. 


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