In today’s “better than a Groupon” news, two professors at Stanford University are offering a game theory course online for free. The course starts on Monday, March 19th, so you’d better get a move on. From what I can tell, the course provides modular online lectures as well as problem sets and exams and such, and I am personally interested enough to give it a go. (Sorry, part of the terms of service is that I can’t give you the answers. =P) I figure that, if Gizmo can do it, the rest of you should have no trouble.
I am a big supporter of this model, if for no other reason than it blows the University of Phoenix out of the water on a number of levels and shows, to some degree, that moving the classroom online doesn’t have to be coupled with a loss of legitimacy or quality. I hope that, at the very least, these sorts of programs really make people think about the purpose of education and the drivers of the education costs that people like talking about so much. (To put it less tactfully, these programs totally highlight the “you pay for a degree, not for an education” concept.)
Or you could just watch my videos and just call it a day, but I’m pretty sure that this will be better.