SOPHIA.org, the online education platform offering a unique Many Ways to Learn™ learning model with more than 28,000 free academic multimedia tutorials taught by a multitude of teachers, has partnered with New Classrooms – a nonprofit organization that gives students a targeted, individualized learning experience based on their unique learning needs – to provide a free resource for students focused on middle school math concepts.
As you are undoubtedly well aware, visibility of learning organizations disrupting education is growing rapidly. It is my belief that this increased awareness is only helping SOPHIA: Khan Academy is on everyone’s radar screen in K12 education (Bill Gates famously said Sal Khan is his favorite teacher); Lynda.com just raised $103M from Accel Partners; Coursera boasts 200 courses and 1.3M students; and the open courseware initiative is growing quickly in both participating colleges and universities along with the number of courses being offered.
This morning The Verge posted, “Forty public universities will offer free online courses with full credit starting this spring” and saying in part:
Forty public universities, including Arizona State, Cleveland State, and the University of Arkansas, are planning to offer free online courses that carry full credit in an effort to entice potential students to sign up for a full degree program. The new initiative, know as MOOC2Degree (MOOC stands for massive open online course), is being run in a partnership between the universities and Academic Partnerships, a commercial company that helps universities move their courses online.
For more read the press release here.