OTTO BUBENICEK

Principal Dancer/Composer/Designer, Hamburg Ballet

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Schools on line for free!!!

Cameras in the Universities...live on line... everyone can study anything if they like;)))) From any country they are;)

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    Oct 14 2011: i think it essential that all human knowledge should become free by whatever means necessary, after all is it our human right to have access to all the knowledge humans have obtained we evolves and survived as species because we shared information with each other, our ancestors had the right idea, so shouldn't we go with what worked and take a lesson from our ancestors and share all the knowledge with have with each other?
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    Oct 13 2011: Itunes U does that to some extent.
  • Oct 16 2011: The idea is good, but implementation might be harder than you think. The basic infrastructure necessary for this idea to work doesn't exist in most poverty stricken countries. In developing countries that do have the infrastructure, it becomes an issue of a lack of availability of the infrastructure to everyone. The problem with trying to give free online education to people riddled with poverty is that they have no way of accessing it.

    That being said, I do believe the concept of e-learning is really simple. Lecturers and professors film their lectures and post them online on a student portal for the students to download. This could be supplemented with a live camera feed for Q&A with the lecturers. Tests and quizzes pose a slight problem because of dishonesty when taking a test at home in front of your computer. Assignments are posted online for students to download and then an upload facility can be used for submission. Most universities already employ this exact system as a free service to students in the form of a student portal.

    Another potential problem is the funding. If the university is a global offering, then where will funding come from? State and community colleges are government subsidised, but if the online university were to be global which government would subsidise it? How would the equipment, facilities and servers to host everything be paid for? Who would pay the lecturers?
    • Oct 22 2011: > Tests and quizzes pose a slight problem ...

      Yes, they do, but for other reasons.

      People should accept that we have to learn for life and not only for a piece of paper (degree).
      Going to school and university makes people to experts in selecting the facts they need to pass
      their exams and finally get a degree, but many lack the understanding to structure new information
      or put it into context, because lessons and lectures are more and more often focussed on preparing
      for a particular exam (good statistics to sell the course!!!) than on creating a real understanding ...
      Education has become a business and teaching how to learn & think would create students/citizens
      that are self sufficient learners and not potential customers for another course. Politicians in general
      are also not interested in an aware / curious population that might start asking questions...

      Another problem is the raidly growing amount of knowledge in nearly all areas
      but for budget reasons the lectures have to do more and more administrative tasks etc. ...

      another free online provider: http://alison.com
  • Nov 13 2011: I really like what DANI DAYAN said in his comment and its true that if anyone provide a free online education then one should also watch behind for answering Q&A of students and the next important think should be a projectes.
    If one used to give project after each session so student gets a opportunity of learning from projectes which he/she could complete with the help of session they attended .
    And as i am student of 3D animation i know how project helps to improve and we also learn new thinks from them.
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    Oct 21 2011: Steve, I couldn't agree more:

    The greatest problem in this era of informationalism is lack of structure and context for all the conflicting bits of information thrown at us and when you try to access real research that lets you build that structure and context, you need a paid subscription or various authorizations to access a given library -- not to mention copyright issues that limit international access to online videos from a given country or simply force you to buy more reference materials than you can afford.
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      Oct 22 2011: Thank you Arthur,
      i couldn't of said it better. something needs to change.
  • Oct 18 2011: FYI
    "Pearson and Google Jump Into Learning Management With a New, Free System"

    http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/pearson-and-google-jump-into-learning-management-systems/33636
  • Oct 15 2011: With time this will be the norm. Envision a kind of media loaded "Coursepedia", where teachers add contents and teaching methods and students rank usability and likeability.
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    Oct 14 2011: @ Jeffrey Long

    "Ten Marks for younger learners" What is it? Where will you use it?
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    Oct 14 2011: Has anyone ever heard of Ten Marks for younger learners? I'm interested in using this but would love feedback if there is any! Best wishes!
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    Oct 14 2011: Nice possible Idea!! especially in developing/poverty stricken countries - Foreign Aid could be SO much more constructive and possibly almost eradicate or hugely reduced the need for aid to these countries...!
    • Oct 22 2011: Agreed!

      Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.
      Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
      - Chinese Proverb

      You cannot help people permanently by doing for them,
      what they could and should do for themselves.
      - Abraham Lincoln