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Will online teaching kill universities? Does anyone care? – AMA Shift

Via Scoop.itDigital Fabrication – teaching using new technology

This isn’t just about the content and technology of the course—new media versus people in a lecture theater. It’s also about the philosophy behind it. “Thrun was eloquent on the subject of how he realized that he had been running ‘weeder’ classes, designed to be tough and make students fail and make himself, the professor, look good,” writes Felix Salmon, a blogger at Reuters. “Going forward, he said, he wanted to learn from Khan Academy and build courses designed to make as many students as possible succeed—by revisiting classes and tests as many times as necessary until they really master the material.”


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