Founders: Learning should be your top 2013 New Year’s resolution - The Next Web: "Your knowledge can make the difference between failure and success. Learning a new skill can also increase the chance of serendipity, the “magic” moment when seemingly unrelated concepts form an orignal thought in your head.
. . . Udacity offers a range of free online courses from top University professors. A few of the top courses include: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (CS271): Includes machine learning, probabilistic reasoning, robotics, and natural language processing. How to Build a Startup (EP245) by Steve Blank: You’ll learn the key steps of the Customer Development process. How to identify and engage the first customers for your product, and how to gather, evaluate and use their feedback to make your product, marketing and business model far stronger. Also worth subscribing to is Venture Lab – a series of startup courses online from Stanford University, for free."
COLSD: "In “Public Online Charter School Students: Choices, Perceptions, and Traits,” Paul Kim, Flora Hisook Kim, and Arafeh Karimi, of Stanford University, attempt to begin generating an explanation as to why students decide to enroll in online schools. Enrollment in online learning is increasing rapidly, by approximately 20% every year. It is obvious why parents are drawn to online learning: such programs offer individualized programs and progress reports that can be viewed by students, parents, and teachers, leaving no one in the dark as to how a given student’s education is progressing. However, it is not clear why students are turning to online learning. According to the authors, “students who consider online education do not necessarily understand what may actually be required in online learning. As a result, students often discover that online learning requires much more active participation and a much higher level of self-regulation.” "
The Minerva Project and the Investment Bubble in Online Education | MIT Technology Review: "Harvard, by many measures the most prestigious college in the U.S., has been at it for nearly 400 years. Ben Nelson, founder of an online education startup called the Minerva Project, says he can do equally well in just three.
Minerva is one of the least-publicized but also most well-funded and audacious of the current crop of online education startups. Funded with $25 million from Benchmark Capital—one of the well-known venture-capital firm's largest-ever investments—Minerva says it will begin accepting applicants in 2015 for an entirely Web-based college program. The resulting undergraduate degree, it promises, will have all the prestige of anything the Ivy League can offer, but at half the cost. Many people would dismiss Minerva's notion of some sort of instant online Harvard as the fever dream of someone who had sat through one too many TED talks. But the for-profit company's assumptions about how the Internet will change education can be found, to varying degrees, in most of the scores of startups now getting venture money to do instruction online. . . ."
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