ETD promotes discussion on low-cost ICT initiatives for educational systems in developing countries. Stanford, Harvard, MIT, and many more top name universities are launching Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to hundreds, and hundred of thousands of students. Yet university professors are already entering into a schizophrenic relationship with MOOCs – when polled, 79% believe MOOCs are worth the hype and yet only 28% believe students should get formal credit for them.
Do MOOCs offer massive opportunity to move past the limited physical constrains of the developing world’s universities? Or are MOOCs just the latest fad in moving from the tried and true in-person relationship between professor and student?
Are MOOCs about to reach a peak of inflated expectations before dropping into a trough of disillusionment already filled with other edu-fads (like OLPC laptops)? Join us for an in-depth analysis of these questions and the overall educational impact of Massive Open Online Courses on the developing world during the April Educational Technology Debate. Subscribe now and get the latest articles from Educational Technology Debate sent directly to your inbox. Don’t miss a moment of the action!Subscribe to Educational Technology Debate today by adding your email below. Rice University will offer five online courses free to people around the world as a new partner with the California-based enterprise Coursera. Coursera launched in April as the first education platform to host content from multiple world-renowned universities at one website.
The Web-based courses include video lectures with frequent quizzes that reinforce concept retention and interactive assignments that test students’ understanding and build mastery of the subject matter. Chemistry: Concept Development and Application will provide an introduction to fundamental chemical concepts of atomic and molecular structure, with an emphasis on the development of these concepts from experimental observations and scientific reasoning. An Introduction to Interactive Computing with Python is designed to be a fun introduction to the basics of programming in Python.
Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering: From Electrons to Bits will delve into the central ideas behind the representation of information by voltages and currents, the representation of analog signals like music and video by bits, and modern information communication systems, such as cellular telephone and computer networks. Analytical Chemistry will provide a background in modern analytical chemistry with an emphasis on instrumentation. Applications of analytical chemistry in medicine, forensics and materials science will be presented. Nanotechnology: The Basics will provide a bird’s-eye view into a research area that spans disciplines from electrical engineering to biology. These five courses will become available at different times during the coming academic year, and Rice may make additional courses available in the future. In addition to Rice, other schools that Coursera announced today as new course providers were California Institute of Technology, Duke University, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland, Georgia Tech, Johns Hopkins University, the University of California at San Francisco, University of Edinburgh in Scotland, University of Illinois, University of Toronto in Canada, University of Virginia and University of Washington. Coursera was founded in the fall of 2011 by Stanford computer science professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng. TweetIf you are looking for opportunities to attend professional development courses that offer greater flexibility with a busy schedule, the Office of Employee Assistance, in collaboration with FIU Online, has developed three courses that can be accessed anywhere there is an internet connection. These courses are self-paced and designed to provide practical information and strategies to prepare and respond to violent events that, hopefully, will never occur.

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The focus of the evaluation will be on training and delivery, programme content, materials, impact of training on individuals through learning, behaviour or performance change. The scope or the duration and comprehensiveness of the evaluation is influenced by available support, communication and evaluation purpose.
Who has the authority and responsibility at different stages of evaluation will be determined by the factors like personnel, credibility of internal staff, communication, objectivity of internal staff to do an evaluation regardless of results. Data can be collected before training for needs analysis or pre-testing purpose, during training programme to make improvements along the way and after training for evaluation. Next step is selection of treatment or control groups and determination of nature of samples.
First reporting issue is concerned with audiences like participants or trainees, training staff, managers, customers etc. Questionnaires: Comprehensive questionnaires could be used to obtain opinion reactions, views of trainees. Tests: Standard tests could be used to find out whether trainees have learnt anything during and after the training.
Interviews: Interviews could be conducted to find the usefulness of training offered to operatives. Studies: Comprehensive studies could be carried out eliciting the opinions and judgments of trainers, superiors and peer groups about the training.
Cost benefit analysis: The costs of training (cost of hiring trainers, tools to learn training centre, wastage, production stoppage, opportunity cost of trainers and trainees) could be compared with its  value (in terms of reduced learning time improved learning, superior performance) in order to evaluate a training programme.
Feedback: After the evaluation, the situation should be examined to identify the probable causes for gaps in performance. Enter your email to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.
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If you would like to join the discussion as one of our 6 key lead discussants email us today! Rice and 11 other prestigious universities were announced July 17 as new partners with Coursera, which began with courses from just four schools.
Beyond research, the first applications of nanotechnology are finding their way into commercial products and offering solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. The course is intended to help students develop an appreciation of the importance and foundation of super-small materials and devices. They join Coursera’s original course providers: Princeton University, Stanford University, the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania.
Its mission is to change the world by educating millions of people via free online classes from top universities and professors. Almond is senior director of news and media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs. The training sessions were created to help faculty and staff be more prepared in the unlikely event of violence. For more information about the Office of Employee Assistance click here. Help is within reach.
Second and third issues are concerned with analysis and results and accuracy, policies and format respectively.
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Will MOOCs dilute the university degree even more, reducing higher education to just another certificate of perseverance instead of an indicator of intelligence? John Greiner and Stephen Wong, both lecturers in computer science, will also assist in teaching the class.
Abercrombie Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will teach the course.
Pitzer-Schlumberger Professor of Chemistry and professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, will teach the course. Colvin is also teaching this course, along with Dan Mittleman, professor of electrical and computer engineering and interim faculty director of Rice University’s Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology. Coursera has seen more than 650,000 students from 190 countries and more than 1.5 million course enrollments across its 43 courses on topics in the arts, computer sciences, mathematics, history, literature and other disciplines. These purposes include training needs assessment, programme improvements and impact evaluation. Evaluate the effects of training after the trainee returns to the work place using changes in between or the work results as indicators. The training evaluator should follow it up sincerely so as to ensure effective implementation of the feedback report at every stage.

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