With Google, Now Create Your Own Online Learning Course!
In July, Research at Google ran a large open online course, Power Searching with Google. The course was successful, with 155,000 registered students. "Through this experiment, we learned that Google technologies can help bring education to a global audience. So we packaged up the technology we used to build Power Searching and are providing it as an open source project called Course Builder," the company explained in a blog post.
Stanford University, Indiana University, UC San Diego, Saylor.org, LearningByGivingFoundation.org, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), and a group of universities in Spain led by Universia, CRUE, and Banco Santander-Universidades are planning to use this experimental technology for some of their online courses.
The search giant aims to continue development along these lines. "But we wanted to make this limited code base available now, to see what early adopters will do with it, and to explore the future of learning technology," the post added.
Google also plans to host a community building event in the upcoming months to help more people get started using this software. edX shares in the open source vision for online learning platforms, and Google and the edX team are in talks about open standards and technology sharing for course platforms.