What My 11 Year Old’s Stanford Course Taught Me About Online Education

Here’s a link to Joshua Gan’s article resulting from responses from his 11 yr old son after taking an online Stanford course.

A couple of interesting points are that the course was simply a lecture put online, so it was boring for an 11 yr old (are we adults just used to ‘lectures’ after having been through the experience so many times ourselves?).

Also, the assessment submission is final, even if you didn’t understand what you were doing.

The material was great and there was plenty to learn, but the course doesn’t seem adapted for the online environment.

I believe putting courses online offers immense opportunities for connections, interactivity and deeper learning experiences.  An 11 yr old is an interesting test subject, refreshing to see things through the eyes of someone who’s grown up with online capabilities.

Check out the article here:



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