Watch two videos at EPIC2020.org. The video EPIC2020 predicted by 2020 tuition for higher education would be eliminated and degrees would be replaced by competency badges because of a revolution in K12 and higher education by MOOCs, Massive Open Online Courses. Video 2012 The Tipping Point says reform is two years ahead of predictions.
Breathtaking advances in teaching techniques, support systems and free access uplift a retired teacher and grandparent like me frustrated by the injustice of students failing high school and by policies creating approximately $1 trillion in student debt.
I recommended EPIC2020 videos to a K12 education administrator with ten years of experience.
“My brain just exploded,” she said.
MOOCs I saw depend on YouTube videos. See for yourself. Click on EPIC2020’s Online Courses for free education and go to Kahn Academy, www.kahnacademy.org. It’s mission is: “We’re a non-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere.”
Everything from Kahn is free to students and teachers in math, science, finance and history. Kahn’s math library should be a bonanza for K12 students.
Click on Kahn’s video titled Exercises and Reports Overview to understand the knowledge map, a schedule for a student’s learning goal. It shows a color coded profile of competencies already mastered and what’s next. Videos offer immediate practice with exercises, hints, and answers. The resources create a free charter school for each student’s goal and instant progress reports for parents and teachers.
The videos I’ve mentioned model effective teaching and feedback techniques. EPIC2020 currently lists fifteen similar MOOCs, free textbook sources and course design tools.
Watch Know Learn has thousands of free videos in language arts, math, science, history, social studies and the Arts that students aged 3-18 have viewed 21 million times. Videos are organized into common core standards for grades K-2 with plans to complete levels through grade 12.
Education-Portal organizes free courses to prepare for college credit exams in foreign languages, mathematics, business, social studies, history and psychology. Students could pay $400 to pass five CLEP exams and save thousands of dollars by eliminating one term at colleges such as WVC and Western Washington.
Coursera has1.9 million enrollees in 200 free courses from 33 universities, including nine at UW.
Udacity started in February 2012 with a commitment to “higher education for free [in] a totally new kind of learning experience.”
Udacity evolved after a free Stanford course taught 160,000 students and 23,000 passed the exam.
“Students scored one grade higher than any class I’d taught before,” said former Stanford professor Sebastian Thrun, a co-designer of the course and co-founder of Udacity.
He had to revamp what he did as a teacher so Udacity hires professors, trains them and films the courses. Amanda Ripley, a TIME magazine contributing writer and educational scholar took Udacity’s introductory physics after sampling five competing MOOC courses.
“It was designed according to how the brain actually learns. It had almost nothing in common with most classes I’ve taken before,” she said in an October 2012 article in TIME.
Three thousand students have signed up for Udacity’s job center linking them with 350 employers who will pay Udacity for every student they hire.
Plunge into the portal of EPIC2020. You could rescue struggling students, reduce college expenses, cut failure rates, foster independent learning and educate yourself.
Follow the expanding revolution of free education for every learner.