Metacademy: a package manager for knowledge

Roger Grosse, University of Nottingham, Feb 18, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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OK, so the good news here is that some computer science professors (Roger Grosse and Colorado Reed) have determined that course design should reflect more the structure of the discipline rather than a linear model of subjects arranged in the order a professor deems best. Hence, "Metacademy, an open-source project ... built around an interconnected web of concepts, each one annotated with a short description, a set of learning goals, a (very rough) time estimate, and pointers to learning resources." However, since "the concepts are arranged in a prerequisite graph, which is used to generate a learning plan," the 'web of concepts' they've constructed is logically equivalent to a flow chart, not a web or network (because all the connections are unidirectional). But I shouldn't be critical; this project will connect with others and over time form part of the much wider web of knowledge.

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