Coursera, the Other Stanford MOOC Startup, Officially Launches with More Poetry Classes, Fewer Robo-Graders

Audrey Watters, Hack Education, Apr 25, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I'm running this item just for the headline, which is the most fun headline I've seen this year. But there's also some indication that even the Coursera's Daphne Koller is seeing beyond content and testing: “There’s a growing amount of content out there on the Web,” says Koller, “and so the value proposition for the university is no longer simply getting their content out there. Rather, it’s fostering that personal interaction between faculty and students and students and students.” Promoting this interaction, of course, has been the object of the connectivist MOOCs, and so the Stanford model drifts ever closer to our own, as they gain experience. Here's the Chronicle coverage, which of course does not link to Coursera, the site it's talking about.
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