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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Udemy.com

A reader of this blog asked me about udemy.com, a start up that seeks to provide an easy way for anyone to offer an online course. What a great idea! It has a vast array of courses offered already. Right off the bat I like the featured course "Ideas come from everywhere." And it's free!

It's an innovative permutation on the autodidact features of the internet, which is a truly liberating development of technology. Now, anyone with even some small access to a computer anywhere in the world has the world's knowledge at his or her fingertips. The market for knowledge is liberated.

With so much information available - and ambitious people around the globe - individuals will be able to bootstrap themselves into some levels of expertise formerly available only through schools.

This means, schools will have to offer something special to be worthwhile. But most are market dinosaurs.

What's going to happen?

Hattip to carterson2

2 comments:

carterson2 said...

You are a quick study!

I actually have a course on udemy called "Android programming". Its free. As an X teacher, I made the effort. Udemy doesn't have any "testing" system that I can tell of... I told them such. You can't learn without testing....

Its the same with Kahn Academy, sadly lacking testing.

Perhaps you should email them and tell them they sorely need testing. (They might listen to you!)

-carterson2

Marsha Familaro Enright said...

Can't learn without testing? IF you mean making sure your knowledge is well-related to other things you know and using your knowledge in reality some way, I agree.

If you mean you can't learn without being tested in the traditional way, I don't see your evidence for your statement.