Let’s first recap the dizzying pace of change, announcements and launches that have occurred since the Fall of 2011 between Udacity, Coursera, MITx and the latest free-learning darling, edX. It was a mere three months ago in February when I questioned whether Udacity and Coursera were in fact reforming higher education. Arguably they already have, based not only on the launch of edX in the academic vertical but continued (perhaps competitive?) innovations occurring in the corporate learning space from Skillsoft, Pearson and Saba among others. Some of you may be thinking this is reminiscent of the 1990’s West Coast versus East Coast rapper wars with a stand-off between Silicon Valley and Boston-based universities. Collectively, we know that $81 million dollars has been invested in the three (or is it four MITx?) fledgling online entities thus far. There is the possibility that edX and Coursera in particular are using these non-credentialed courses as loss leaders. Or possibly the online free courses can add up to an official credential at some point, but the student would have to purchase the actual articulation.
Think about corporate access via edX to Harvard Business School Executive Education and its talent pool.
I completed a course through Coursera from UC Berkeley SaaS Engineering Long Lasting Software. Now we have WeduboX in latin america, they just launched the beta test and their focus is the same as Udacity, Coursera and edX but in a different market: Spain and Latin America. EdX offers certificates under MITx or Berkleyx accordingly, and is affiliated with the university that runs it. Andrea, thank you for the news about wedubox, I just checked and they finished the beta phase (with about 1.000 teachers), now wedubox is on production. I?m creating my first course and the portal is great, the looks is very similar to udacity. It should be interesting how the dynamics between the major and secondary , US and international universities, play out during this time of change. As a speech-language pathologist specialized in voice, I have considerably more knowledge about voice and the vocal mechanism than most students of singing. Prior to coming to the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh, I was Director of Speech Pathology at several Harvard hospitals, and was faculty in the Harvard Medical School Department of Otolaryngology. I have performed with Mark in many different settings including the Messiah and other oratorio performances, chamber music, and music theatre.
Since retiring from the University, Mark has made a remarkable recovery in physical and vocal stamina. From: John Hylton, Dean Emeritus, UMSL College of Fine Arts and Communication (2002-2010), Professor of Musica€?i??a€?I am pleased to comment on the high regard I have for Mark Madsen as a person and as a musician. He is a man whose passion for teaching goes beyond the walls of the university.A  I give my highest recommendation to you in having Dr. Most recently he brought his Sportina€™ Life portrayal to Paris's Opera-Comique, the Theatre de Caen, the Granada Festival, the Opera de Luxembourg, and the Santa Fe Symphony.A  His other operatic repertoire includes the title role in Joshua's Boots (world premiere at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and at the Kansas City Lyric Opera, Henry Davisa€™ Street Scene and Scott Joplina€™s Treemonisha (both with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis). However as fate would have it, a girl I performed with as a kid took me to the Fox Theatre to see the national tour of Les Miserables. I have studied with many people across the country through the years & can honestly say, whether preparing for a professional career or simply looking to sing better for personal enjoyment, one could not find a finer teacher than Mark Madsen.
Gabriellea€™s website and the music video of the Josh Groban song a€?Si Volvieras A Mia€? attracted the attention of a manager in Nashville.
Without Marka€™s support, expertise and dedication these projects may have never come to fruition. Despite his accident he has not limited himself but has gone on to do more than many other vocal teachers could begin to do for their students. Based on a long history of collaboration and their shared educational missions, the founders are creating a new online-learning experience with online courses that reflect their disciplinary breadth. That question is at the core of The Ancient Greek Hero, which introduces (or reintroduces) students to the great texts of classical Greek culture by focusing on concepts of the Hero in an engaging, highly comparative way. In this course, students analyze Greek heroes and anti-heroes in their own historical contexts, in order to gain an understanding of these concepts as they were originally understood while also learning how they can inform our understanding of the human condition in general. Rather than being paragons of virtue, as heroes are viewed in many modern cultures, ancient Greek heroes had all of the qualities and faults of their fellow humans, but on a much larger scale. All works are presented in English translation, with attention to the subtleties of the original Greek.
Participants can expect to spend about 2-3 hours of their time to prepare and engage fully in each Hour of course content.


In his publications, he has pioneered an approach to Greek literature that integrates diachronic and synchronic perspectives. Throughout his career Nagy has been a consistently strong advocate for the use of information technology in both teaching and research. For example, students may be discussing a scene from Homer's Iliad one moment and watching a clip from a modern film like Ridley Scott's Blade Runner the next, all as part of this course's the holistic approach to concepts of the heroic and the anti-heroic. You can complete the assigned readings and view the dialogues at a time that fits with your schedule.
Thankfully the recent additions of Princeton, uPenn and uMich to Coursera have alleviated that theory. Unless the purpose of a VC has changed and pigs can now fly, it reasons to stand these funding partners have their eye on a bigger prize downstream. For example, a student completes 120 articulated credits via Coursera over a 6-year period, and she wants a degree now to show for her efforts. Through the magic of the partnerships, the student can be provided the degree for a fee.
And if Coursera, edX and Udacity prove me right, they eventually will get into the corporate learning platform space. I happened to hear about it just after the Mitx and Udacity announcements last year so I jumped in. That meteorite is headed for the dinosaurs and they best devise a way to prevent extinction.
I am doing courses with EdX, Coursera and Udacity to suppliment my (quite rigid) traditional university study. Mark Madsen whom I have known since 1985 when we first met as co-judges in a regional National Association of Teachers of Singing competition. Madsena€™s approach to teaching voice that I sought additional training in physical manipulations, myself.
Madsen is the most competent and compelling voice teacher I know, and I know many of them firsthand. He has made numerous solo appearances with the Saint Louis Symphony.A  Smith is an alumnus of the University of Missouri-St. Mark has continued to be a good friend, mentor, & teacher in many ways for two decades. He has a unique ability to teach many genres and has gone on to teach my other daughter, Abigail. Madsena€™s teaching principles.A  I called that therapy a€?Lessac-Madsen Resonant Voice Therapy,a€? to honor the contributions of both Dr.
Madsen is the most competent and compelling voice teacher I know, and I know many of them firsthand.A  I recommend him with great enthusiasm!
But I stopped singing during my teen years in favor of all the wonderful & terrible things being a teenager has to offer.
Mark Madsen, an outstanding vocal teacher, mentor and friend.A A  Mark started teaching my oldest daughter Gabrielle at a young age. Along with offering online courses, the institutions will use edX to research how students learn and how technology can transform learning–both on-campus and worldwide.
Further, despite their mortality, heroes, like the gods, were objects of cult worship – a dimension which is also explored in depth in the course.
These original sources are frequently supplemented both by ancient art and by modern comparanda, including opera and cinema (from Jacques Offenbach's opera Tales of Hoffman to Ridley Scott's science fiction classic Blade Runner). The course begins by considering the heroes of Homer's epics and ends with Plato's memories of the final days of Socrates -- memories which can only be fully understood by a reader who has gained a thorough comprehension of the ancient Greek hero in all his or her various manifestations. This is a course for students of any age, culture, and place, and its profoundly humanistic message can be easily received without previous acquaintance with Western Classical literature.
Besides teaching at the Harvard campus in Cambridge, MA, Nagy is also the Director of Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C.
1973), his scholarly interests center on Homeric epic, with special interests in historical linguistics, anthropological approaches to the study of myth, and the poetics of oral traditional poetry. To facilitate discussion and learning, students will also have access to dynamically linked online texts, video lectures and discussions, annotation tools, and online forums, all of which are designed to engage students in any age and location in a continual dialogue with and about the literature of ancient Greece. These certificates will indicate you have successfully completed the course, but will not include a specific grade.
I also wouldn’t be surprised if the new Academic partners in Coursera have also funded the endeavour, perhaps behind the scenes.
When Harvard realized the Bruins were out of the Stanley Cup playoffs, they decided to get cozy with MIT and their MITx initiative.


Think about companies who may be keenly interested in analyzing the online studying behaviours of people. I see a day where corporate customers will utilize a cloud-based version of their platform but in a secure, private manner. This enables me to tailor my learning to what I want rather than some run of the mill degree. Louis andA  the New England Conservatory of Music and a faculty member of Harris-Stowe State University.
I went home thati?? night praying that I might tell that story of forgiveness & grace by performing in a€?Les Miza€? myself one day. With an average house having 2000 seats, over three years I sang that message of hope and redemption to approximately two and a half million people. His own determination & resilience after his accident has given me the strength to not give up when the road has been rough and lessons forgotten.
In collaboration with this producer, she and her sister, Abigail, recorded an album in Nashville containing some of Gabrielle's own original songs.
Most recently, he recorded two demos for her and did the artistic design for the song covers for presentation to Gabriellea€™s agent who requested them. For fourteen those years, our offices were down the hall from each other and we had many lively discussions on a variety of topics. Louis andA  the New England Conservatory of Music and a faculty member of Harris-Stowe State University.A  He had recent performances of Sportina€™ Life with the Seattle Opera and the Boston Symphony Orchestra and was soloist at the grand opening ceremony for the Martin Luther King Jr.
I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life, and really just wanted to run around getting into trouble with my friends.
With an average house having 2000 seats, over three years I sang that message of hope and redemption to approximately two and a halfA  million people. Over the years of her instruction with him he has recorded her first album and created a website with audio recordings and her first music video. Anant Agarwal, former Director of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, serves as the first president of edX.
With each institution investing $30m into the pot (when MITx launched a mere 6 months ago) shows you how much potential new money is at stake. This is a classic example of investing for the long term by all stakeholders from each of the projects. It’s those learners who are receiving a free course that will be (unknowingly?) providing data points to companies in search of trends and the like. What originally was free could now be a revenue stream for the academic institutions and both parties are happy. Madsen excel.A  It was his person, and his knowledge of voice and insights into how people learn that made him the outstanding teacher he is, quadriplegic or not.
There are many things I could focus on when I reflect on his work at the University of Missouri-St. Under his instruction she has participated in the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Young Artist's Program, was in the cast of their opera, a€?The Enchantment of Dreams.a€? She also had leading roles in musical theater productions in the St. EdX's goals combine the desire to reach out to students of all ages, means, and nations, and to deliver these teachings from a faculty who reflect the diversity of its audience. Mitchell the 40th anniversary second edition of Albert Lord’s The Singer of Tales (Harvard Studies in Comparative Literature vol. I played Michael Crawford's son on Broadway in a musical written by Jim Steinman, songwriter for MeatLoaf. I see these projects as opportunities to upsell fee-based programs and degrees that otherwise might not have occurred due to the lack of a sales channel. He is a performer, and over the years he sang beautifully in a variety of settings both on and off campus, nationally and internationally. A All of his students exhibited vocal and musical growth under his instruction, and many have gone on to highly successful musical careers. A He has taught many important lessons to students and colleagues related to determination, persistence, and positive attitude.
Madsen highly, and I believe he would have a highly positive impact on students and colleagues anywhere.



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