03-05-2012, 09:43 #1
Harvard e MIT se associam para oferecer cursos gratuitos na Internet
Serão emitidos certificados de conclusão. Stanford, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania e University of Michigan também irão oferecer cursos na Internet, através da empresa Coursera.
No Brasil, eu tenho assistido alguns cursos da Univesp publicados no Youtube. Alguns são interessantes e dinâmicos, outros chatissimos como aula presencial de cuspe e giz. Tanto os cursos brasileiros como os estrangeiros (legendados) que a Univesp publica mostram que ainda existe um longo caminho para os educadores utilizarem melhor a Internet, mas será que o futuro passa por ensino a distância? Cada vez mais (boas) universidades oferecendo cursos online parece indicar que sim. É a febre "Instituto Monitor" do século 21. Vamos ver se o mercado brasileiro aceita ...
In what is shaping up as an academic Battle of the Titans — one that offers vast new learning opportunities for students around the world — Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Wednesday announced a new nonprofit partnership, known as edX, to offer free online courses from both universities.
Harvard’s involvement follows M.I.T.’s announcement in December that it was starting an open online learning project, MITx. Its first course, Circuits and Electronics, began in March, enrolling about 120,000 students, some 10,000 of whom made it through the recent midterm exam. Those who complete the course will get a certificate of mastery and a grade, but no official credit. Similarly, edX courses will offer a certificate but not credit.
But Harvard and M.I.T. have a rival — they are not the only elite universities planning to offer free massively open online courses, or MOOCs, as they are known. This month, Stanford, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan announced their partnership with a new commercial company, Coursera, with $16 million in venture capital.
Meanwhile, Sebastian Thrun, the Stanford professor who made headlines last fall when 160,000 students signed up for his Artificial Intelligence course, has attracted more than 200,000 students to the six courses offered at his new company, Udacity.
03-05-2012, 10:22 #2
Visitei o site da Udacity e a inscrição consiste em fornecer nome, e-mail e senha. Imediatamente você tem acesso as aulas e material de 6 cursos na área de computação (veja abaixo). Os videos tem legendas em Inglês.
cs101: Building a Search Engine
With David Evans and Sarah Norell
Learn key concepts in computer science and build a search engine like google
cs212: Design of Computer Programs
With Peter Norvig and andy brown
Improve your programming skills with new patterns and techniques
cs253: Web Application Engineering
With Steve Huffman and Sean Bennett
Learn about engineering web applications with Steve Huffman. By the end of the class, you will have built your own blog to share with the world.
cs262: Programming Languages
With Westley Weimer and Peter Chapman
cs373: Programming A Robotic Car
With Sebastian Thrun and Gundega Dekena
Learn how to program all the major systems of a robotic car from the leader of Google and Stanford's autonomous driving teams.
cs387: Applied Cryptography
With David Evans and Job Evers
Cryptography is present in everyday life, from paying with a credit card to using the telephone. Learn all about making and breaking puzzles in computing.