Below is one post comment to an Interesting article in wired Science Magazine: The Stanford Education Experiment Could Change Higher Learning Forever
Yes this is a big deal. 2011/2012 is a boom year for online education, we are finally fulfilling the potential of the internet. The 2000s have been to a small extent a period where we saw the rise of “big data” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B… ) in the 2010s we will see that rise change our lives. Udacity/MITx/Coursera/KhanAcademy are building the big dataset we need to analyse and improve.
Just pause to think what say Google could do if it had detailed data and statistics about how people learn say Algebra or Quantum Mechanics, right down to the individual click.
If there is *any* fruit left on the tree of better educational theory and practice, this is how we will get it.
Very well said ; and very interesting to monitor the progress of this new trend of free online education.