In 2008, as a professor at Utah State University, Wiley opened up a class of 15 to non-enrolled students via the Web, and soon began welcoming contributions from five additional students who were not enrolled at Utah State.
Much like Norvig and Thrun, Wiley assessed the work submitted by his online auditors and awarded them unofficial "diplomas" at the conclusion of the course.
Others have been broadcasting their courses to the Web-enabled masses for years.
These include David Wiley, a prominent open education advocate and associate professor of psychology and technology at Brigham Young University.
While MIT’s Open courseware and Open Yale Courses are the most famous there are a lot of other universities that participate in the Open courseware movement.
The following is a sample list of participating universities in the US.We congratulate the above universities for making available their valuable knowledge and resources to students worldwide.We have also reached out to the Open Courseware Consortium to see how we can do our bit to spread open education.Only the Stanford students, and perhaps some of those taking the tests under Burgard’s watch in Freiburg, stand to redeem their efforts in Norvig and Thrun’s course for credit.And yet the Stanford experiment punches a few more bricks out of the barrier that historically has kept “elite” courses in sequestration, creating more footholds for the so-called “edupunks” who would sooner scale that ivied wall than buy a key to the gate.Students learning on their own might find that they are stuck on a specific point or need help with a specific topic.Since open courseware students often do not have access to the faculty of their universities and associate resources, they can access Graduate Tutor’s expert faculty for assistance.Based on the success of Norvig and Thrun’s experiment, the university’s computer science department is planning to broadcast eight additional courses for free in the spring, most focusing on high-level concepts that require participants already to have a pretty good command of math and science. Next semester’s open courses will include Cryptography, Human Computer Interaction and Probabilistic Graphic Models.Norvig and Thrun are not the first college professors to experiment with what are known as “massive open online courses,” or MOOCs.Please email or call us if we can assist you with live tutoring for any business course that is quantitative in nature. In November, Wolfram Burgard, a professor of computer science at the University of Freiburg, in Germany, administered an online midterm exam for a course in artificial intelligence to 54 students.