Molly de Blanc

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Molly de Blanc is interested in things like education, science, and software. She works on the Open Team at edX. For fun, she grows carnivorous plants and algae, organizes lightning talks, and hangs around the internet as mollydb.

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* MOOC, LMS, and Other Acronyms in Education

One-hundred sixty thousand students signed up for the Stanford AI course. I use the phrase "the Stanford AI Course" because it is the one my colleagues use. In 2011, when Professors Sebasian Thrun and Peter Norvig taught their course on artificial intelligence online, open to any English speaker with an adaquate internet connection, they taught the first successful Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). Stanford, however, was far from the first to offer online courses, but those are talked about significantly less. In the mid-2000s, as an undergrad, I took a medical ethics course Carnegie Mellon was teaching under their Open Learning Initiative. The OLI, which was first funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in 2001, created a system for creating, hosting, and taking courses online. This was around the same time the same foundation also funded MIT's OpenCourseWare (disclosure, I used to work there). MITOCW, among other things, helped to set the Creative Commons Atribution Non-Commercial Share Alike (CC-BY-NC-SA) as a standard among open education resources.
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