Online Learning Curriculum for Data Scientists

Shane Lynn, Dec 27, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

It's still a pretty short curriculum, but it's interesting to see Shane Lynn pull together a set of courses from various institutions to form the basis for a data scientist curriculum. This shows the longer term potential of MOOCs. Before open online learning, if you wanted to create what is essentially a new program of study from various institutions, you couldn't. Courses weren't open; you couldn't just take them. You signed up for one institution or another, and paid your tuition there. There has been a lot of criticism of MOOCs in the last year, but unless traditional education can pull off this simple trick, it will face increasingly formidable competition from systems that can.

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