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How Much Is The Crispr Online Learning
Since this article was first posted I have received questions regarding how much money was raised to get the massive open online courses, or MOOCs, online. Based on what I have seen it appears that that is not the case. I am using the term “online” loosely, but it is up to the individual student to determine if MOOCs are appropriate for them.
The five main players in the MOOC race are online course company Coursera, education focused firm Udacity, technology and media start-up MOOCnet, edX, a nonprofit educational collaboration between Harvard and MIT, and Harvard X, a “civic entrepreneurial hub” established by Harvard faculty, that is focusing on civic initiatives. The start-ups are all based in New York City. The main services offered are video, image, and data analysis.
If you look at the figures generated, this is only the first step.
The venture capital community and large corporations have been making substantial investments into these efforts for some time now, with the MOOCs connecting millions of students of all skill levels in far-flung locations around the world to each other, and to universities, for instance.
In the past, the MOOCs had been an ambitious front for educational efforts with Big Pharma, Kodak, GE, and Google all dipping a toe into the water to find out what kind of impact a digital education might have. Ultimately the ultimate goal is to change the status quo in an industry that is facing steep challenges in the U.S. It’s going to be a long slog.
Along with the resources that they bring to the table, the big big guys have made commitments of their own. Google announced a partnership with the University of Kentucky and Harvard, as well as Udacity.
Coursera will have a MOOC curated for Google’s Virtual Reality Advanced Work experience. The course focuses on the virtual reality environments and the use of AI and VR to make the incredible discovery and creation of experience accessible to all.
“As educators, people with backgrounds in visual and tactile media, and as team leaders of “Big Tech” we saw video learning and VR as a future imperative for our industry. Developing professional, high quality content in VR and AR has been challenging. The flipped learning system, in which one is passively taking the skills of the video, is much easier to scale using content from a video provider, than it is to scale the VR / AR,” said Natan Linder, Calistoga Ventures, Partner, Google Ventures.
The other big step in getting started here is incorporation of learning resources and courses directly into the online education environment. In this case, it seems that MIT has taken the lead by combining course material with some MOOC content and publishing it. Masha Shah – a professor of mechanical engineering at MIT – has been heavily involved in developing the MOOCs, starting with subjects such as microbiology and French, and then launching new ones.
“It’s amazing to think that MIT is the first major research university to combine teacher-led content with integrated online learning with a new generation of MOOC hosts: Coursera and edX. In an effort to create a high-quality, global education resource, we have a non-profit entity with two partners, universities from both the East and West Coasts, that creates an interactive learning ecosystem for its students. We want to make sure that there is ample evidence demonstrating the benefits of blended learning and learning platforms, and education technologies for education, to be evident among our peers in the first country to introduce such technology to educate its students.”
In summary, as investors, the timing for learning material could not be better. With everyone in the education space going online, there is no reason why these concepts cannot flourish. It’s a slow process, and there may be glimmers of success, but from the hype, one can understand the initial skepticism that might come with launching an online education program. With the resources at hand and the expertise of institutions like MIT, it seems likely that the time is right.