Two Stanford professors innovate the field
Stanford University has often played a significant role in crafting the technological landscape of the 21st century. With alumni founding companies such as Google, Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard and Netflix, seeing innovative ideas coming from within the 121-year-old university is nothing new. Yet, perhaps most innovative is the role they’re playing in changing the face of education itself.
Two Stanford computer scientists have initiated a seismic shift in traditional higher education through the creation of Coursera, “a social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.” Coursera offers massive open online courses, or MOOCs. This kind of free education may sound like a dream to many, especially those in places where it is difficult to gain access to advanced learning. But the dream is being realized, and in a big way. …Continue reading