A Class of Over 1000 Students

Imagine being the teacher of over 1000 students all in the same class. Yes, it sounds a bit crazy. Yet, it’s possible today in the technology driven world. Melody and I have started taking this FREE online class from Stanford University, more of a learning experiment on my end. It’s called designing a new learning environment. I blogged about it here. At first, I was intrigued by the idea of offering “free” education. You know that economic theory how they say there’s no such thing as a “free lunch”. Well, I wanted to see what a free online class from Stanford would be like.

The hardest thing so far is keeping on top of my deadlines for assignments! They don’t really send us reminders about assignments, so you need to be on top of it. Well, this class is obviously not my number one priority right now, and I’ve found myself in a panic when I realize my assignment is due in the next 17 hours. Good thing I’m in a different time zone, it helps me a little bit. So far, the time commitment has been reasonable and I’ve been reflecting and learning already. There are short video clips of lectures we watch, weekly assignments, and a final group project. It has been interesting seeing how this whole online class thing works. It’s weird not really being graded and assessed on every assignment especially by the teacher. Our assignment we just submitted will be “graded” by my peers. I’m think of posting some of my assignments as a blog post as well.

I wonder if this is the direction education will take in the future, where there’s no physical classroom, but being connected to your teacher and classmates through the Internet and various technology driven learning platforms. I’m not sure if I’m ready to let go of my notebooks and pencils. I’m not sure if I’m ready to let go of giving my students high fives. I’m not sure if I’m ready for the change that will come.

Have you taken any online classes before? If so, what has that experience been like?

A snapshot of our video lecture!


Learn for Free from Stanford

I stumbled upon this link on FB the other day and knew I had to sign up. I’ve never taken an online class before, but this one is free and is sponsored by Stanford University. After reading more about it, I was immediately drawn into the course. This online course is open to all and will compose of final project where you and your team members will create a new learning model to cater 21st century learners and environments. It’s intriguing to think about creating a completely new model. Instead of complaining about our school systems, it’s time to find a solution to the problem.

I’ve always wanted to start my own school that would think outside of the box and revolutionize education.  So, here I am,  signed up, and not sure what this really means. It says the workload is only 4 hours a week. I hope I’m not in over my head. Class starts on October 15th.  Why don’t you join me and sign up as well? Maybe we could even form a team together.  🙂
You can sign up on the website:

Designing a new learning environment:  http://venture-lab.stanford.edu/education

Plus, there are other free courses available, if you are feeling super ambitious!