Mooc platform to focus on group learning

Emma Boyde, Classroom 2.0 LIVE! - Archive and Resources, Apr 16, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The Financial Times (of all places) reports on a new MOOC start-up from Stanford called NovoEd. As the headline suggests, the defining feature of the new software is a group-forming algorithm. Groups were originally formed of people from the same geographic area but with a range of experience. Members rated each other, then participants were asked to reform into new groups. "The top 200 teams were assigned, or found, mentors" (which to me sounds like a logistical bottleneck). NovoEd was founded by Stanford professor of management science and engineering Amin Saberi and PhD student Farnaz Ronaghi. It has secured startup funding. The website lists nine courses, all from Stanford. See also coverage in Stanford News, Forbes, Silicon Valley Business Journal, GigaOm, and Venture Beat.

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