by Alex Tabarrok
on October 10, 2012 at 7:24 am
in Economics, Education, Uncategorized, Web/Tech
I think one of the best things is the ability to specialize. I’m a PhD in Aerospace Engineering and Graduate school classes frequently get cancelled because only 2/3 students sign up, but our class size is only maybe 30 at most. The more open education is the more specific class topics can become.
I doubt professors should be worried about their positions. They may actually be able to begin teaching their research and leave the intro material to charismatic young academics that can keep the freshman and sophomores awake. I’m very excited to see how this changes engineering. The one thing I’ve learned through my PhD program so far is just how much knowledge is out there that isn’t even considered for the standard curricula.
I wish I had time for Development Econ, but I’ve been enjoying the videos so far and I’m excited to see how this progresses!
Another interesting aspect of online education is that it only has to be done once. For fields that are evolving and subject to new research there will be a need for updated videos and testing materials every few years, but will there ever be another introduction to mathematics teacher after Sal Khan? His recordings could be teaching math 100 years from now, or for however long his English remains the common English.
Will there be an ability to download courses as one long video or podcast? In some settings that would be more convenient than clicking from one 4-minute video to another.
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