Friday, March 29, 2013
Coursera takes off
I'd be very interested to see a breakdown of the geographic distribution of the students. Certainly, I found the distribution in World History Since 1300 to be very broad and the students very diverse.
edX, the Harvard-MIT platform has far fewer courses, and far fewer students (in the thousands, not the millions as far as I can see). Is there a critical mass factor in course selection? Will more people 'shop' for courses, where there are more courses? The bigger you are, the bigger you'll get?
As a frequent-flyer member of Coursera, so to speak, I'm certainly more likely to browse the courses there. However, I did register for an edX course recently: Michael Sandel's famous Harvard course on Justice.