So I talked about how to learn to write a Fibonacci Function using Khan Academy’s free lessons and their offerings are very good. What do I like better? When another group gets into competition with something like Khan Academy. Enter TED-Ed.
TED has been putting out and putting on significantly thought provoking presentations for many years now. What they’ve done now is modify their format a bit, tighten up their time requirements, and utilize their video serving infrastructure to get into a form of Massive Open Online Courses. In the age of video based instruction and a generation that is willing to watch and listen those with the tools to produce and serve will ultimately be better off. I think TED’s entry into this area will be a beneficial thing and provide some competition as I’m sure several other entities will also take their crack at it.
This kind of education capability does two things in my mind. Allows for penetration to those that are only able to afford an internet connection and not the costly price tag of a major education institution. Second it builds on the baseline of education. If I can watch and learn everything that I am “required” to learn, in lets say 6th grade, then I can shorten the time it takes to accomplish this and spend my time delving deeper into the items that interest me further in those lessons. We have already been experiencing this phenomenon over the years with students becoming bored with their instruction and lessons. But I believe much of that is due to the unchanging baseline that has existed (relatively) over the past half century.
What do you think? How do you ensure they are really understanding? How do you instill that “lifelong learning” desire into students?
In a combined effort Coursera has been formed by Stanford University, University of Michigan, and UC Berkley. Coursera is committed to making the best education in the world freely available to any person who seeks it. Cryptography and Natural Language Processing are the first to deliver with their Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The class will last for six weeks and officially starts on March 12. It will be covering two topics per week. Each topic will consist of a series of lectures with some embedded questions. Several of these are courses of IT.
Looking for more? Check out the other Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) I’ve found.
If you are looking to better your knowledge in the “Cyber” realms at the budgetary cost of Free then you’ll be hard pressed to do better than what Stanford has just made available. There are several other courses hot on the heels of Prof. Boneh. They include:
- Model Thinking (UofM)
- Natural Language Processing (Stanford)
- Game Theory (Stanford)
- Probabilistic Graphical Models (Stanford)
- Design and Analysis of Algorithms (Stanford)
Under developement remain:
- CS 101
- Machine Learning
- Human Computer Interaction
- Making Green Buildings
- Information Theory
- Computer Security
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Booz Allen Hamilton’s Economist Intelligence Unit produced an interesting visualization hub of the G20 countries Cyber Power. This is a fairly interesting concept to consider. The Cyber Power index is targeted at the ability of “G20 countries to withstand cyber attacks and to deploy the digital infrastructure needed for a productive economy.” Now combine this with the relationship of the ability of a country to trust more ultimately appears to lead to a country’s higher GDP (Dr. Virgil Gligor, CMU).
The team also stated that “Cyber Power is created when a complex digital information network is combined with a secure and robust physical infrastructure and developed by a skilled workforce.” Even though the Cyber Power Hub uses a hybrid of quantitative and qualitative scoring the two are fused quite well while focusing on (Highest scoring country):
- Legal and Regulatory Framework (Germany)
- Economic and Social Context (United States)
- Technology Infrastructure (United Kingdom)
- Industry Application (Australia)
The resulting findings paper summarizes down to 5 key items.
- Germany’s Comprehensive Cyber Policies are a key to its success.
- Clear Cybersecurity plans are absent in even some of the major economies.
- Cyber power relies on a solid foundation that includes technical skills, high educational attainment levels, open trade policies, and an innovative business environment.
- Prioritization of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) access is higher in the developed world.
- The G20 countries exhibit limited technological progress within key industries.
Germany really surprised me. I would not have selected them out of the G20 group as the leaders of the legal
and regulatory framework category (99.3/100). Head on over to Amazon to purchase more Cyber Power (if only).