Data Mining Exposes Problems for Massive Open Online Courses (via ArXiv / MIT TechReview)


Obviously there are serious issues with MOOCs but it would be a mistake to believe that version first is the same as version last … but the problems are real … interesting to see how folks innovate to solve these existing shortcomings …

MSU Law Welcomes Jim Chen to the Faculty !

From the press release: “Dean Joan Howarth and the Michigan State University College of Law faculty are pleased to welcome James Chen as the Justin Smith Morrill Chair in Law. Professor Chen is a prolific scholar and leader in the legal academy who most recently served as dean of the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville from 2007 through June 2012. In late November 2012, National Jurist magazine named Chen one of the 25 most influential people in legal education.”

Udacity – The Future of < Online > Education?

Sebastian Thrun of Stanford AI Class fame (you know – the largest class in human history with 160,000 participants) has just left his tenure track position to start an online education platform – Udacity. Here is an article about Udacity and here is the statement from the website: “We believe university-level education can be both high quality and low cost. Using the economics of the Internet, we’ve connected some of the greatest teachers to hundreds of thousands of students all over the world. ”  In other words, the for-profits (i.e. University of Phoenix) as well as all of us at standard four year universities should be scared!

Model Thinking – A Free Online Course with Scott E. Page (Director of UMich Center for Study of Complex Systems)

Starting in the January 2012, Scott E. Page (one of my PhD thesis advisors) will teach Model Thinking (a free online course offered via the consortium that brought you AI Class, Machine Learning, etc.)

Scott and I have previously teamed up to teach Complex Systems @ the ICPSR Summer Methods Program (where I teach the model implementation lab).  Over 7,000 people and counting have are already signed up …