Higher education in the West is no longer the exclusive club and proxy partner to student debt. This amazing article by NYTimes shows how- the following are shaking the football loving US education giants in their boots while bring balance back to the Force. Big Education for the common people because you need humans to code in the Big Data era.
https://www.coursera.org/ – The pioneer, has the advantages and disadvantages of being the market leader in an innovating. Sure 1.7 million users, but how many are attending how many lectures and how many newly skilled machine learning people are there after 2 courses have been completed by Andrew Ng, and does industry feel the same about the employ-ability of these course takers.
https://www.edx.org/ , and http://www.udacity.com/ – again some course are common across these platforms so more public web analytics would be a welcome step.
But I really liked Stanford’s open source solution, so that anyone especially and including corporations and companies can start creating their own online courses. It is called class2go and is available at https://github.com/Stanford-Online/class2go
Class2Go is Stanford’s internal open-source platform for on-line education. A team of eight built the first version over the summer 2012, and it is still under active development. Class2Go launched this Fall for six on-campus classes and two “massive open online courses” (MOOC’s): Computer Networking and Solar Cells, Fuel Cells, and Batteries.
Class2Go was built to be an open platform for learning and research. Professors have access to the classes’ data to learn how their students learn.
Projects that help class2go.com
Good to see technology and the internet bringing back skills to people globally, so in the future they wont have to use a skill shortage excuse to import cyber technology H1b slaves and coolies from Asia forced to choose between livelihood, family and undeniable economic arbitrage pressure. Maybe they can try and customize it for Africa, or for women or other needy areas as well.
- Keeping MOOCs Open (creativecommons.org)
Revolution Analytics has of course had RevoDeployR, and in a webinar strive to bring it back to center spotlight.
BI is a good lucrative market, and visualization is a strength in R, so it is matter of time before we have more R based BI solutions. I really liked the two slides below for explaining RevoDeployR better to newbies like me (and many others!)
Integrating R into 3rd party and Web applications using RevoDeployR
Please click here to download the PDF.
Here are some additional links that may be of interest to you:
( I still think someone should make a commercial version of Jeroen Oom’s web interfaces and Jeff Horner’s web infrastructure (see below) for making customized Business Intelligence (BI) /Data Visualization solutions , UCLA and Vanderbilt are not exactly Stanford when it comes to deploying great academic solutions in the startup-tech world). I kind of think Google or someone at Revolution should atleast dekko OpenCPU as a credible cloud solution in R.
I still cant figure out whether Revolution Analytics has a cloud computing strategy and Google seems to be working mysteriously as usual in broadening access to the Google Compute Cloud to the rest of R Community.
Open CPU provides a free and open platform for statistical computing in the cloud. It is meant as an open, social analysis environment where people can share and run R functions and objects. For more details, visit the websit: www.opencpu.org
and esp see
Atleast two of the online courses which were offered for free by Stanford, delayed , are now live! yeah!
Even though you’ve already signed up, you need to register and choose a password in the left side of the login box the first time you go to the site.
The class will last for six weeks and officially starts on March 12. We will be covering two topics per week. Each topic will consist of a series of lectures with some embedded questions. There will be a weekly programming assignment plus a weekly problem set. The first week’s assignments are posted and are due on March 26th.
or those of you who want to get started sooner, we’ve already pre-posted the first week of lectures, as well as information about the course requirements, and the first problem set and programming assignment, both of which will be due on Sunday March 25th. You can check it all out now at: