26 3 / 2012

Every one reading this post must have subscribed to one or many of the courses offered by coursera.org and udacity.com, if you haven’t known, they offer free online courses so any one can subscribe and learn, The people behind the course are stalwarts in their field.

Mission statement

Udacity Mission statement

We believe university-level education can be both high quality and low cost. Using the economics of the Internet, we’ve connected some of the greatest teachers to hundreds of thousands of students all over the world.

Coursera Mission statement

Coursera is committed to making the best education in the world freely available to any person who seeks it. We envision people throughout the world, in both developed and developing countries, using our platform to get access to world-leading education that has so far been available only to a tiny few. We see them using this education to improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in.

According to my understanding both wants to promote free and high quality education.

These courses assume the students have enough time, have access to Internet, self learners. 

Shortcomings

  1. I cannot share the videos  and slide.
  2. Contents aren’t released under Creative Commons, MIT, BSD, GPL, MPL etc ..

How can these courses get better

  1. All the videos can be released under any license which promotes sharing.
  2. If every courses releases a free book which can be translated to any language most of the students will be benefited.
  3. If videos are freely distributable universities can use it along with official curriculum.

Note: All courses are really worth reading from my view only if you have enough time.

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