教育报道 - 更多高校提供免费网络课程
This is the VOA Special English Education Report.
Earlier this year, we reported on the growth of massive open online courses, or MOOCs. These higher education courses are mostly free and, so far, largely in technical areas like computer science. MOOCs are usually open to anyone and can have thousands of students around the world.
Entrepreneurs and educators are studying the different business possibilities. One idea is to make money by offering credits or certificates to students willing to pay. Another is to charge employers for connecting them with students who get top scores on online tests.
Some top universities are starting to offer their own MOOCs. For example, this week the University of California, Berkeley, announced it has joined a nonprofit enterprise called edX. Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology started edX and have each invested thirty million dollars.
This fall, Berkeley will offer two of the seven free courses on the edX platform: Artificial Intelligence and Software as a Service. Berkeley will also work with edX to get more universities involved. Schools that offer courses on the edX platform will be called "X Universities."
|Math professor Gilbert Strang at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is among educators involved in massive open online courses|
MIT professor Anant Agarwal is the president of edX, and he helped develop an electrical engineering course for the fall. He says the goal is to reinvent education worldwide and on campus. Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau made similar comments as he expressed a commitment to "excellence in online education." He says the goals are to bring higher education to more people and to enrich the quality of campus-based education. And he said he believes that working with the not-for-profit model of edX is the best way to do that.
麻省理工学院教授阿纳特·阿加瓦尔（Anant Agarwal）是edX首任主席，他帮助开发了一个秋季开课的电气工程课程。他说，我们的目标是重塑全球的在校课程。伯克利分校校长罗伯特·伯格诺（Robert Birgeneau）作出了类似的意见，他承诺“在线教育一样优秀。”他称，目标是为更多的人带来更高的教育，提高校园基础教育的质量。而且他认为，与非营利典范edX工作，是做到这点的最佳途径。
EdX faces for-profit competitors. One is Udacity, co-founded by Sebastian Thrun at Stanford University. Another is Coursera, started by two other Stanford computer scientists, Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng. In fact, some Berkeley professors have been teaching free courses through Coursera. Coursera started with four universities and last week announced a big expansion for the fall.
edX面临着与营利组织的竞争。一个是Udacity，由斯坦福大学塞巴斯蒂安·史朗（Sebastian Thrun）共同创办的。另一个是Coursera，由其他两个斯坦福大学计算机科学家，达芙妮·科勒（Daphne Koller）和安德鲁·恩格（Andrew Ng）创办。实际上，一些伯克利分校的教授已经通过Coursera教授免费课程。 Coursera已经联合了四所大学，然而Coursera上周宣布，将在今年秋季进行大扩张。
One of the new partners is the University of Virginia. Just last month its popular president, Teresa Sullivan, had to resign. The governing board forced her out in part over suggestions that she was not moving fast enough into this new world of online education. But two weeks later, after campus protests, the board rehired her.
And that’s the VOA Special English Education Report, written by Jerilyn Watson. I’m Steve Ember.