I Have Just Seen the Future of Education – Its Name is Coursera

Bonus points to anyone who can describe the historical (and musical) context of this post’s title.

Last night I enrolled in a Stanford University computer course. In about 1 minute flat. For free.

Later I will be studying Greek & Roman Mythology with a Penn professor, and ‘Internet History’ with Charles Severance at the University of Michigan.

These are complete undergraduate courses from top faculty at our finest universities. All free. With instant registration (and acceptance) just by entering my name and email address. With practically no limitations of time and place.

These courses are offered through Coursera, whose mission statement includes these nice words:

We offer high quality courses from the top universities, for free to everyone. We currently host courses from Princeton University, Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and University of Pennsylvania. We are changing the face of education globally, and we invite you to join us.

Open Education began at institutions like the UK’s Open University and MIT’s Open CourseWare (now called MITx). And now there’s Coursera.

The Open Education movement is growing up nicely.