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Episode 88: Why Universities Should Experiment With ‘Massive Open Courses’

George Siemens, who leads Athabasca University’s Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute, makes the case for why colleges should experiment with inviting tens of thousands of students to participate in their courses free online. The model poses challenges to traditional education models, but will it work for teaching Chaucer?

Links discussed in this episode: Stanford U. Offers Free Online Course in Artificial Intelligence | U. of Illinois at Springfield Offers New ‘Massive Open Online Course’ | George Siemens’ Connectivism blog

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Each month, The Chronicle’s Tech Therapy podcast offers analysis of and advice on what the latest gadgets and buzzwords mean for professors, administrators, and students. Join hosts Jeff Young, a Chronicle reporter, and Warren Arbogast, a technology consultant who works with colleges, for a lively discussion—as well as interviews with leading thinkers in technology.

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