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Google Joins Open edX 29

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the by-your-sources-combined dept.
lpress writes "Google and MIT have both built open source MOOC platforms and offered innovative MOOCs. They have just announced the establishment of mooc.org, a non-profit organization that will provide a platform to develop, host, and research online courses. The devil is, no doubt, in the details, but this combination of MIT's educational expertise and reputation, Google's vast infrastructure, and the lofty goals of both organizations might turn out to be revolutionary." From Google's research weblog: "Google and edX have a shared mission to broaden access to education, and by working together, we can advance towards our goals much faster. In addition, Google, with its breadth of applicable infrastructure and research capabilities, will continue to make contributions to the online education space, the findings of which will be shared directly to the online education community and the Open edX platform." Course Builder will continue to be maintained for the time being, but eventually Google will "provide an upgrade path to Open edX and MOOC.org from Course Builder."
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Google Joins Open edX

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  • *sigh* (Score:5, Informative)

    by gstoddart (321705) on Wednesday September 11, 2013 @11:44AM (#44819773) Homepage

    Cynically I'm forced to conclude Google is doing this to get access to the information on all of those students to make even more money from.

    Optimistically, I think it's potentially a good idea, but we'll see what they actually do.

  • by camperdave (969942) on Wednesday September 11, 2013 @11:52AM (#44819859) Journal
    MOOC stands for massive open online course [wikipedia.org].
  • by chuckinator (2409512) on Wednesday September 11, 2013 @11:56AM (#44819903)
    Google is the best MOOC every since they opened their doors in '98, but you have to brush up on your research skills to appreciate it.
  • Google's mission is to satisfy it's shareholder, not to educate.
    Here i fixed it for you. Please, next time, pay more attention to details.
  • Businesses love getting involved in education because you create a following. MS did in in the 90s and now Google is trying to put their name on education. Wether its a business decision or Google just being "PRO EDUCATION" is something only they know.

    I didn't read the proposal in details but it sounds like they are trying to go head to head with Khan Academy.

    • by Xest (935314)

      To be fair both Sergey and Larry as well as also Bill Gates (who was still in charge of MS in the 90s) all have a genuine passion for education.

      As geeks they share the perception that many other geeks do, that education is the cure to many of the world's ills such as discrimination, poverty, and overpopulation. They're not robots and like you and I they have political opinions and thoughts on the best solution to certain problems.

      It's not surprising therefore that all of them would have such a focus on educ

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