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What is it like to learn from educators at Penn, University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt, Stanford, MIT, Harvard, or other top-tier universities? Or maybe the question is, are you interested in “Cryptography” or “HTML5 Game Development” or “Linear Algebra through Computer Science Applications”? Find out about these topics and others while learning from educators from various universities… for free! Unfamiliar with massive open online courses or MOOCs? Check out this video from The New York Times (Stark and Lewin):

http://nyti.ms/RATzkM

On the University of Pennsylvania’s site, the Provost’s message about open learning includes (here):

We are proud to be one of the founding partners and board members in Coursera, the online platform for open-access, non-credit classes, available at no cost to audiences around the world.

The site then lists five “live and upcoming courses” offered by Penn professors from the School of Arts & Sciences, School of Nursing, and The Wharton School. Penn is one of many educational institutions disseminating content and knowledge via MOOCs.

Coursera, one MOOC community, boasts on is homepage “Take the world’s best courses online, for free” and encourages visitors to join more than 3.9 million Courserians (at the time of this blog) to enroll in any of their 390 courses offered  from 83 partner institutions.

Whether it’s Coursera or another MOOC community (e.g., edX, Udacity), individuals around the world can access and take advantage of the learning opportunities that MOOCs offer. A powerful and exciting consideration – disseminating knowledge for open learning by anyone, anwhere – are MOOCs what’s right in education?

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Stark, Samantha, and Lewin, Tamar. (01.06.2013). Online Learning, en Masse. The New York Times online available here.

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