• http://gathereducation.com Marissa

    Startups like GatherEducation, which is based in Boston, have developed platforms that promote student engagement and mimic the face to face classroom. While online learning might not replace the traditional classroom, there is no reason it should be viewed as an inferior experience.

  • Tchad Rogers

    I wonder how Cuban, Khan, and other employers willing to fill roles with non-degree holding individuals filter their job applications. I agree with the assertion that ability maters more than a degree, but what credible signals can non-degree holding, entry-level applicants include on a resume? I would like to see realistic, actionable recommendations for employers who need to filter through hundreds of applications to fill a few positions, and how to do that without at least partially considering the educational background of applicants. Like it or not, a candidate with a degree from a top-school is almost always more impressive than a better-qualified degreeless candidate (on paper) because assessing that the latter is better-qualified is incredibly difficult to do based on a couple of sheets of paper. Most of the time, I would argue, the latter candidate never even gets the chance to demonstrate ability, because they are not interviewed.

    • anoncambridge

      I disagree — I am a prospective employer so am taking an edx class myself (the biostatistics class). It’s the ‘real deal’. I’m less impressed with fancy schools than with actual difficult coursework (from at least a halfway-decent school). Too many grade-inflated test takers that just don’t cut it. I need people who can think and then who can ‘do’.

  • SirenoftheSea

    Back when I attended a community college part-time while working full time and worked my way up to a management position in my industry, the college grads hired off the campus at job fairs by my huge corporation often came in with a lack of the basics. Many could not write a sentence let alone a paragraph. Everyone wants the “college experience” and to be “college-educated” but many didn’t crack a book their entire lives and will need to have someone else write their essays or will buy them on line. Education is cheapened while being even more expensive by sending everyone ( and just the ones who can afford it but are not college material) to college. In some countries there is a track for training in trades and one for college, in most cases they have the right idea. I love that these courses will be available from these prestigious schools. The next step should be farm systems for all major league sports and schools only being able to give scholarships to athletes who could actually qualify based on their scholarship not just their athleticism. We have turned our colleges into a training ground for the NFL and NBA and the cheating that goes with that atmosphere.


    Billion people. How can this be done.

    In the Digital world. Infinity is the rule.

    One Digital copy can be reproduced to Millions/Billions copies.

    Beatles. Elvis. Michael Jackson. We can listen to their music online.

    There is NO reason we cannot download the lectures or class Notes or class Homework.

    Apple ceo steve jobs: Richest man in cemetary.

    Professor: smartest professor in cemetary.

    Give it All away. None of us can take it to the cemetary.

    No one should the No 1 professor at the cemetary.

    Give it All away. World will be better place. No one can take anything to the cemetary with them.

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    That kind of class is really great. They can be able to discuss and do things perfectly easy and handy. Technologies gives its power that make things easier and it’s good that it was being applied in education.

  • Nabila Naorin

    It does not matter if 4.6% students have passed a course.. the thing is some of these students may not even taken this kind of high standard course in their life without edx’s curriculum because it costs a lot of money in real world.. i think it is a great initiative and can transform the way underprivileged people study